DCAL Research Roadshow

Jordan Fenlon and Robert Adam, Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, UCL

The aim of this project is to improve interaction between the British Deaf community and the Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL), and follows on from the innovative DCAL Deaf Open Day which was held in March 2010.

The British Deaf community is a minority language community which uses British Sign Language (BSL) as its first and preferred means of communication. Although research into BSL has been conducted since the 1970s, it was not until the establishment of DCAL in 2005 that an in-depth scientific approach was taken to investigate BSL across a range of disciplines (e.g. language acquisition, sociolinguistics, linguistics, neurolinguistics, atypical language development). In doing so, DCAL uses sign language to further our understanding of how language and communication work and to challenge current thinking. This project aims to share up-to-date research at DCAL, delivered primarily in British Sign Language, with members of the British Deaf community.

The project will support a travelling roadshow that will visit deaf communities around the United Kingdom. This roadshow will be an afternoon event delivered in sign language with a series of lectures, poster sessions, and hands-on activities that aim to engage the deaf community in research being conducted at DCAL.

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