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Dr Kearsy Cormier

Dr Kearsy Cormier

Address

49302
Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre
49 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PD

Appointments

  • Reader in Sign Language Linguistics
    Linguistics
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL

2006-01-30

My research involves the linguistic structure of sign languages, especially British Sign Language (BSL), and in visual aspects of language more generally. 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 sign language documentation, and variation and change, at the levels of phonology, lexicon, morphosyntax, and grammar, particularly using the BSL Corpus and BSL SignBank. 

Award year Qualification Institution
2002 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Linguistics
University of Texas at Austin
1998 MA
Master of Arts
Linguistics
University of Texas at Austin
1994 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
English studies
University of Texas at Austin

I am Reader in Sign Language Linguistics at DCAL with affiliation within the UCL Linguistics research department. 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. I am interested in the linguistic structure of sign languages, especially British Sign Language (BSL), and in visual aspects of language more generally. 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 sign language documentation, and variation and change, at the levels of phonology, lexicon, morphosyntax, and grammar, particularly using the BSL Corpus and BSL SignBank. 

For more details about my work please visit my website.