March 7, 2014 Presentation at Georgetown – Lucas on Variation

Ceil Lucas, Gallaudet University: What Variation Tells Us about the Structure of Sign Languages

Friday, March 7 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm 

Poulton Hall, 230 1421 37th St., N.W., Washington

The Georgetown University Sign Language Research Lab and the Department of Linguistics will jointly host a presentation by Dr. Ceil Lucas, a Georgetown sociolinguistics alumna and Professor Emerita of Gallaudet University. This lecture is hosted by both the Linguistics Speaker Series and the Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest Project: Revitalizing Sign Language Research at Georgetown University. A body of work by Ceil Lucas (Georgetown PhD in Sociolinguistics) has shed light on the social and language-­internal factors at work in language change and dialect divergence and convergence. By studying the evolution and history of a particular ASL dialect (such as Black ASL), missing links in sign language genesis and diversity can be re-forged.

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