Professor Bencie Woll - Director
I came to the Department of Human Communication Science at UCL in August 2005 from my previous post at City University London, where I held a Chair in Sign Language and Deaf Studies, the first in this field in the UK. At UCL I hold the Chair in Sign Language and Deaf Studies and I am also the Director of DCAL.
Before coming to London, I was at Bristol, where I first worked on language
acquisition and then was a co-founder of the Centre for Deaf Studies, pioneering
research on the linguistics of BSL and on Deaf Studies. My research and teaching
interests embrace a wide range of topics related to sign language.
These include the linguistics of British Sign Language (BSL) and other sign languages, the history and sociolinguistics of BSL and the Deaf community, the development of BSL in young children, and sign language and the brain. In recent years, I have begun to look specifically at acquired and developmental sign language impairments.
I co-authored Sign Language: the study of Deaf People and their Language with Jim Kyle, and The Linguistics of BSL: an Introduction with Rachel Sutton-Spence, which was the winner of the 1999 Deaf Nation Award and 2000 British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize.
You can access information on some of my publications here.
Direct contact: 020 76798670 E-mail: Prof.