UCL Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre


Dr. Kearsy Cormier

Kearsy Cormier

I am Reader in Sign Language Linguistics at DCAL and affiliated with 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. Additionally, I am strand coordinator for the MSc in Language Sciences (Sign Language and Deaf Studies). I teach the modules PLIN7309/PLING151 "The Linguistics of Sign Languages" and PLIN1302 "Introduction to Language." I also contribute to teaching the module PALS3007/PALSG201 "Deafness, Cognition and Language" and a range of other modules in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

For more details about my work please visit my website.

Direct contact: 020 76798674

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