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Dr Kearsy Cormier
49302
Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre
49 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PD
Tel: +44 (0)207 679 8674 (x28674)
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7679 8691
Appointment
  • Reader in Sign Language Linguistics
  • Linguistics
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I am Reader in Sign Language Linguistics at DCAL with affiliation within the UCL Linguistics research department. I earned my PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and from 2002 to 2005 was a Lecturer at the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol. I am interested in the linguistic structure of sign languages, especially British Sign Language (BSL), and in visual aspects of language more generally. My work has focused on how various characteristics such as classifiers, constructed action/role shift, pointing and fingerspelling become grammaticised and nativised in sign languages. I am also leading on work on sign language documentation, and variation and change, at the levels of phonology, lexicon, morphosyntax, and grammar, particularly using the BSL Corpus and BSL SignBank. 

For more details about my work please visit my website. 


Research Summary

My research involves the linguistic structure of sign languages, especially British Sign Language (BSL), and in visual aspects of language more generally. My work has focused on how various characteristics such as classifiers, constructed action/role shift, pointing and fingerspelling become grammaticised and nativised in sign languages. I am also leading on work on sign language documentation, and variation and change, at the levels of phonology, lexicon, morphosyntax, and grammar, particularly using the BSL Corpus and BSL SignBank. 

Teaching Summary

I am strand coordinator for the MSc in Language Sciences (specialisation in Sign Language and Deaf Studies). I teach PLIN7309/PLING151 "The Linguistics of Sign Languages" and also PLIN1302 "Introduction to Language". I also contribute to the teaching of PALSG201 "Deafness: Cognition and Language."

Academic Background
2002 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Linguistics University of Texas at Austin
1998 MA Master of Arts – Linguistics University of Texas at Austin
1994 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – English studies University of Texas at Austin
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