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Phonology, phonetics, prosody (especially intonation and other aspects of sentence-level prosody, ToBI), the syntax-phonology interface, computational linguistics, second language acquisition.
Academic interests include: conversational implicatures and presuppositions as they relate to intercultural/interpersonal conflict resolution, semanticity in writing systems, historical/comparative linguistics, and computational syntax/semantics.
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.
Current interests include sociolinguistics and second language acquisition and development. In addition to being an M.A. student, Brenden is also an Development Editor at National Geographic Learning.