UCL Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre


Yunyi Ma (Christine)


I graduated from Xi'an International Studies University with a BA in English literature and language, and completed in 2014 a MA degree in linguistics in East China Normal University. My MA thesis focused on phonological handshape segment in Shanghai variant of Chinese Sign Language and aimed to answer questions such as whether the difference between two similar handshapes is allophonic or phonological so as to abstract a handshape phoneme inventory of Shanghai variant. I am currently a PhD student at DCAL under the supervision of Prof. Bencie Woll and Dr. Kearsy Cormier. My research during PhD period will be the lexical comparison among regional variants of Chinese Sign Language, especially the variants in Beijing and Shanghai.

E-mail: Yunyi Ma