The Linguistics Department at Gallaudet is honored to welcome its newest faculty member, Dr. Terra Edwards.
As her bio below states, she brings to our department an anthropologist’s perspective on language, which we have missed having since Bob Johnson’s retirement a few years ago. Her research interests also support the theoretical, applied, and community-engagement aspects of our department’s mission in unique ways.
Terra Edwards is a linguistic anthropologist, who has recently completed her graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research, broadly construed, is concerned with the interactional and social foundations of language and language use. For the past 16 years, she has pursued this interest in the Seattle DeafBlind community. She earned a BA from the Evergreen State College in translation and interpretation and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin in Anthropology. Her dissertation examines a grammatical divergence between Visual American Sign Language (VASL) and Tactile American Sign Language (TASL), triggered by the recent pro-tactile movement. She plans to continue studying language structure and language use among DeafBlind people in Seattle and elsewhere.
For more information, visit her GU profile page: http://www.gallaudet.edu/faculty-staff/linguistics/edwards_terra.html or Academia page: https://gallaudet.academia.edu/TerraEdwards