Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre


Dr. Gabrielle Hodge

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I am a post-doctoral research associate at DCAL working with Dr. Kearsy Cormier on the BSL Syntax Project, conducting the first ever large-scale, detailed investigation of the grammatical system of British Sign Language, based on the BSL Corpus. I am interested in corpus linguistics and the semiotics of multimodal signed and spoken language interaction. I earned my PhD at Macquarie University in 2014, supervised by Prof. Trevor Johnston. My doctoral research used the Auslan Corpus to investigate how to identify and describe clause structure in deaf signed languages. More recently I have worked with Dr. Adam Schembri, Dr. Kazuki Sekine and Prof. Trevor Johnston at La Trobe University to develop the bilingual, multimodal Auslan and Australian English archive and corpus for the ARC-funded project "When do gestures become linguistic? Understanding the gesture-language interface through corpus-based studies of pointing actions in signed languages" (DP140102124). I have also worked on a number of community-oriented language projects, including the adaptation of the Auslan assessment tool for deaf children at La Trobe University, and the development of evidence-based guidelines for producing English-into-Auslan translations at Melbourne Polytechnic. I am an affiliate of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, contributing Auslan data to the Social Cognition Parallax Interview Corpus (SCOPIC) typology project, which is investigating the representation and management of social cognition by language users from over 20 languages from every continent in the world.

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