I completed the Postgraduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting in 2001 with the University of Central Lancashire and Sign Languages International and have worked as a freelance interpreter in a variety of domains including mental health and community work.
I began my studies at UCL in 2005 undertaking the MA in Linguistics. My dissertation looked at mouthings in BSL comparing two deaf and two hearing native signers.
I began the PhD 1+3 program with DCAL in 2007, completing the MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition in 2007. My MRes dissertation investigated ‘th’ tongue protrusion as an adverbial morpheme in BSL narratives.
I am in the final year of my PhD under the supervision of Adam Schembri and Bencie Woll. My project is a sociolinguistic analysis of mouthing variation in British Sign Language. My research interests include the use of mouth patterns in sign languages, sociolinguistic variation, and second language acquisition.
I also teach three English Language modules to undergraduate students at Middlesex university: Introduction to Language, Language and Society, and English for academic purposes.
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