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American Sign Language, language acquisition (especially in deaf children), early intervention, and bimodal/bilingual children (such as Children of Deaf Adults, or deaf children with cochlear implants).
Psycholinguistics, second language acquisition
Phonology, phonetics, prosody (especially intonation and other aspects of sentence-level prosody, ToBI), the syntax-phonology interface, computational linguistics, second language acquisition.
Phonology (currently working on incomplete neutralization in German), phonetics, prosody (ToBI), second language acquisition (ESL, Spanish), discourse-pragmatics in first language acquisition (English)
Interests include studying discourse proficiencies in American Sign Language and their implications for academic success and second language development. Exploring how the modality of ASL and ASL Literacy can contribute to rethinking texts, composition, genre and academic programming for Deaf children.
Some of my previous research includes such topics as the acquisition
of classifiers by Deaf children and the relationship between
vocabulary knowledge in ASL and in English. My dissertation (in
progress) investigates the discussion of ASL and English vocabulary
items by teachers and students in classrooms at a residential school
for the Deaf.
Neurolingistics, lexical access and aging, acquired dyslexia
Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition