Brown Bag Event 9/20 @ SLCC 3233 aka Open Area

Topic: Summaries of dissertation study by three doctoral students

On Friday, September 20th, we’ll being having our department’s second brown bag lunch event in SLCC 3233 or our big Open Area. Bring your lunch and join us!

1. Jeffrey Palmer, “Bimodal Bilingual Word Order Acquisition”

Abstract: This dissertation seeks to expand our knowledge about ASL word order acquisition. This study will explore two factors that may affect ASL word order acquisition: bimodal bilingualism and word order in the input. Naturalistic and experimental data will be used in an effort to identify both internal and external forces that shape word order development. The major relevant factors related to bilingualism (language dominance, cross-linguistic transfer) and input (frequency, variability versus stability of form) will be addressed.

2. Carla Morris, “Examining the Correlations Between Social Network Ties and Linguistic Production”

Abstract: This linguistic study will examine how the familial relationship of two Deaf siblings affects their production of ASL, and how this production differs when they converse with non-siblings. While previous sign language studies have described linguistic variation, this study will examine the social network’s influence on such variations. Theoretical foundations for this study are based on sociolinguistic, language acquisition/development, and phonological theory.

3. Christina Healy, “Can anything be BORING in ASL?”

Abstract: This project investigates how American Sign Language (ASL) users describe situations in which someone experiences an emotional reaction to a stimulus.  Previous research on such events has focused on spoken languages.  This is a first in-depth study of affective constructions in a signed language.
Native Deaf users of ASL will view a film in which characters undergo emotional reactions. The participants will retell the story to an ASL native Deaf interviewer.  Then participants will be asked to describe individual clips from the film in as many ways as possible.  Finally, they will watch a video of a Deaf model describing the clips and judge the grammaticality of each sentence.  The elicited data will be analyzed for patterns of construction types which provides insight to the resources the language has for the description of affective events.
The findings from this project will shed light on how ASL construes focus in non-physical relationships, such as emotional interactions.  The results will speak to grammaticality with respect to word order, use of space, eye gaze, and other features of signed languages that are unique from spoken languages and have implications for language course curriculum, literacy curriculum, interpreter education, and mental health settings.

What: Brown bag lunch presentations by 3 of our PhD students
When: Friday Sept. 20th, 12-1
Where: the big Open Area (SLCC 3233)

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