Dr Kearsy Cormier

Kearsy Cormier

I am a linguist specialising in a variety of aspects of the linguistic structure of sign languages, especially British Sign Language (BSL). I earned my PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and from 2002 to 2005 was a Lecturer at the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol.  My work has focused on how various characteristics such as classifiers, constructed action/role shift, pointing and fingerspelling become grammaticised and nativised in sign languages. I am also leading on work on language documentation of BSL, and variation and change, at the levels of phonology, lexicon, morphosyntax, and grammar. As Senior Researcher at DCAL my role is to oversee the day-to-day management of the Centre and to oversee the other research staff, while also carrying on with my own research and contributing to research projects within DCAL.

For more details about my work please visit my website.

You can access information on some of my publications here.

Direct contact: 020 76798674 E-mail: Dr. Kearsy Cormier