DCAL Research Projects

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Changing Languages and Identities (CLI) Project
What it is about:
This study is motivated by the many changes in the deaf community over the last 20 years related to early diagnosis, use of Cochlear Implants, type of schooling and access to Higher Education and the impact these changes may have on language and identity of the deaf community. In this context, we will look at three groups of 16-19 year olds - a group attending mainstream programmes and uses CSWs/interpreters to access the curriculum, a group attending a deaf, oral school and another group attending a deaf, signing school. One of our main aims is to study issues related to language and identity. In addition to the deaf students, we are also including CSWs and interpreters, who work in education. All participants will partake in interviews and complete a number of linguistic tasks.

Who to contact for more information: Kate Rowley

Sign Language Interpreter Language and Interpreting Aptitude
What it is about:
This longitudinal study uses a battery of language, motor/gesture and psychological tests to compare expert sign language interpreters with those in undergraduate interpreter training programs.

Who to contact for more information: Christopher Stone


Deaf-blind research projects
What it is about:
The following projects explore the signing of individuals who have reduced visual field as a result of Usher syndrome, and signers who have become totally blind, specifically:
- the role of visual feedback in signing
- perception and production of facial information by blind signers
- the role of vision in spatial grammar
- fMRI of tactilely and visually perceived fingerspelling

Who to contact for more information: Bencie Woll

Past DCAL Research Projects

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Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in deaf children who use sign language
What it is about:
The SLI project is the first major study of language impairment in signing deaf children. The project aims to better understand and characterise SLI in deaf children and to develop assessments in order to identify language impairment in signing deaf children.

Who to contact for more information: Kathryn Mason


Voice hallucinations in deaf people with schizophrenia
What it is about:
This project explored the perceptual characteristics of voice hallucinations in deaf people with schizophrenia.

Who to contact for more information: Joanna Atkinson


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