topic: “The Department of Linguistics: How we got here.”
presenter: Robert E. Johnson, PhD
when: Friday, November 4th 2016, 12 to 1 pm
Summary of presentation: Which people and principles drove the creation and growth of the department.
Bio: Robert E. (Bob) Johnson, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Gallaudet, Washington, D.C., where, until he retired in 2012, he was Professor of Linguistics and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and Extended Learning. He holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Washington State University. He is an anthropological linguist, interested in the phonological and morphological structure of signed languages, their function in deaf communities, and their critical role in deaf education. He has examined the structures of a number of sign languages, including American Sign Language and the sign language of a Yucatec Maya community. He is co-author of the widely read monograph, “Unlocking the Curriculum: Principles for Achieving Access in Deaf Education,” and numerous papers on signed language structure and function. Much of his recent work has focused on the imperative of bilingualism in the education of deaf children and on the ways in which the educational and medical communities resist it.