I graduated with an MA on Applied Linguistics from the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico in 2006 where I developed my interest in psycholinguistics and the acquisition of a signed language as a first language (L1). My MA thesis, entitled Phonological Access to Mexican Sign Language, investigates how the meaningless components of signs (location, handshape, movement) facilitate access to a visual mental lexicon.
I am currently doing a PhD at UCL with Prof. Gary Morgan with a scholarship from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT). I am interested in bimodal bilingualism, lexical access to signs, sign language acquisition and the interaction between signs and gestures. My research focuses on the emergence of a phonological system in hearing adults learning a signed language as a second language (L2). Specifically, I am comparing the perceptual and motoric errors produced by deaf children and hearing adults during the emergence of a signed phonological system and also I am studying the influence of co-speech gesture during the acquisition of iconic signs.
Direct contact: Gerardo Ortega
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