of the syntactic structure of ASL, with particular
emphasis on the hierarchical representation
of functional categories and on the manual and
non-manual expressions of grammatical information.
of a computer program designed to facilitate
linguistic analysis of video-based language
data; SignStream allows simultaneous access
to raw video data and to representations of
those data in linguistically useful formats
and is distributed on a non-profit basis to
students, educators, and researchers.
Tools for Computational Research on Visual-Gestural
with Stan Sclaroff in Computer Science at BU.
project involves a Java reimplementation of
SignStream to include tools for efficient data
entry of fine-grained phonological information
and integration of information provided by computer
algorithms, among other new features. Machine
vision-based algorithms for semi-automation
of several aspects of the transcription process
will also be developed.
between Boston University (the ASLLRP and Stan
Sclaroff's Image and Video Computing Group)
and Rutgers University (Dimitris Metaxas).
goal of this project is to make available several
different types of experimental resources and
analyzed data to facilitate linguistic and computational
research on signed languages and the gestural
components of spoken languages.
Discovery in Signed Languages and Gestural Communication
with Margrit Betke, George Kollios, and Stan Sclaroff
in Computer Science at BU.
analysis algorithms are being developed for
discovery of the co-occurrence, overlap, relative
timing, frequency, and magnitude of non-manual
gestures in ASL.
ITR-Collaborative Research: Advances in recognition and interpretation of human motion: An Integrated Approach to ASL Recognition
Collaboration with Dimitris Metaxas, Ahmed Elgammal and Vladimir Pavlovic (Rutgers University) and Christian Vogler (Gallaudet University)
This project focuses on integration of information (which is linguistically essential) from both the manual and non-manual channels for purposes of computer-based sign language recognition.
Collaboration with Stan Sclaroff (BU Computer Science) and Vassilis Athitsos (University of Texas at Arlington)
One goal of the research is development of a "look-up" capability, whereby a signer can produce a sign in front of a camera, or identify a sign in a video, and have the computer identify which sign it is. One application of this technology would be an interface for a multi-media sign language dictionary.
Friedman and Carol Neidle (1986) Phonological Analysis
for French Dictation: Preliminaries to an Intelligent
Tutoring System. Boston University Computer Science
Technical Report #86-004, April 1986.
Aarons, D., and Morgan, R., (2003). Classifier Predicates and the Creation of Multiple Perspectives in South African Sign Language. Sign Language Studies, 3(4), 125-156.
D. and Akach, P. (2002). South African Sign Language--one
language or many? In R. Mesthrie, ed., Language and
Social History. Second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge
D, and Reynolds, L. (2003). South African Sign
Language: Changing Policies and Practices. In L. Monaghan,
ed., Many ways to be Deaf. Washington DC and
Hamburg: Gallaudet University Press and Signum Press.
position: Professor and Chair of the ASL and Deaf
Studies Department, Gallaudet
University, Washington, DC.
Bahan, B. (2007) Memoir upon the formation of a visual variety of the human race. In Bauman (editor) Open your eyes: Deaf Studies talking. University of Minnesota Press. Also in (2005) B. Eldredge, D. Stringham and M.M. Wilding-Diaz (editors) Deaf Studies Today: A Kaleidoscope of Knowledge, Learning, and Understanding. Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah.
Bahan, B (2006) Face to Face Tradition in the American Deaf Community: Dynamics of the Teller, Tale and Audience. In Bauman, D., J. Nelson, and H. Rose (eds.) The Poetics of Vision, Performance and the Body: Exploring American Sign Language Literature. A Multimedia Anthology. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
B. and Poole Nash, J. (1996). The Formation of Signing
Communities: Perspective from Martha's Vineyard. In
J. Mann, ed., Deaf Studies IV Conference proceedings. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University College of Continuing
H., Hoffmeister, R., and Bahan, B. (1996). A Journey
into the Deaf World. San Diego: Dawn Sign Press.
Current position: Project Manager, MED Neurology, Veterans Administration Center, Boston University, Boston, MA.
Recent position: Assistant Professor, Department of Enlgish, Beit Berl Academic College, Kfar Sabba, Israel.
recent publications and presentations:
Ravid, Dorit & Dalia Cahana-Amitay. 2005. Verbal and nominal expression in narrating conflict situations in Hebrew. Journal of Pragmatics, 37:157-183.
Katzenberger, Irit & Dalia Cahana-Amitay. 2002. Segmentation marking in text production. Linguistics, 40(6):1161-1184.
Ragnarsdóttir, Hrafnhildur, Melina Aparici, Dalia Cahana-Amitay, Janet van Hell, Anne Viguié. 2002. Verbal structure and content in written discourse: Expository and narrative texts. Written Language and Literacy, 5(1):95-125.
Verhoeven, Ludo, Melina Aparici, Dalia Cahana-Amitay, Janet van Hell, Sarah Kriz & Anne Viguié. 2002. Clause packaging : a cross-linguistic developmental analysis. Written Language and Literacy, 5(2):135-162.
Cahana-Amitay, Dalia. 1996. On the production of subjects, tense and agreement in two Hebrew-speaking agrammatic patients. Brain and Cognition, 30(30):329-332.
Law, S.-P., Wong, W., Chiu, K.M.Y. (2005). Preserved reading aloud with semantic deficits: Evidence for a non-semantic lexical route for reading Chinese.Neurocase, 11(3), 167-175
Law, S.-P. (2004). Writing Errors of a Cantonese Dysgraphic Patient and their Theoretical Implications. Neurocase, 10(2), 132-140.
Leung, M.-T. Law, S.-P., and Fung, S.-Y. (2004). Type and token frequencies of phonological units in Hong Kong Cantonese. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 36(3), 500-505.
Law, S.-P., and Cheng, M.-Y. (2002). Production of grammatical morphemes in Cantonese aphasia. Aphasiology, 16(7), 693 - 714.
Law, S.-P., and Or, B. (2001). A Case Study of Acquired Dyslexia and Dysgraphia in Cantonese: Evidence for Nonsemantic Pathways for Reading and Writing Chinese. Cognitive Neuropsychology
, 18(8), 729-748.
S.-P., and Leung, M.-T. (2000). Sentence processing
deficits in two Cantonese aphasic patients. Brain
S.-P. (2000). Structural prominence hypothesis and
Chinese aphasic sentence comprehension. Brain and
S.-P., and Leung, M.-T. (2000). Structural representations
of characters in Chinese writing: Evidence from a
case of acquired dysgraphia. Psychologia, 43(1),
S.-P., Fung, R., & Bauer, R. (2000). Perception
and production of Cantonese consonant endings. Asia
Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing.
S.-P., and Leung, M.-T. (1998). Sentence comprehension
in Chinese aphasic patients. Aphasiology, 12(1),
position: Technical training specialist at Microsoft.
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, McGill
D. (1995). Language Acquisition and the Subset Principle. The Linguistic Review, 12, 143-191.
D. (1998). The acquisition of the morphosyntax of
English reflexives by non-native speakers. In M.-L.
Beck, ed., Morphology and its interfaces in second
language knowledge (pp. 195-226). Philadelphia:
ACADEMIC BACKGROUND AND CURRENT AFFILIATIONS
Professor of French and Linguistics, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures/Romance Studies, Boston University,
Boston, MA (2001- )
Professor of French and Linguistics, Department of
Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Boston University,
Boston, MA (1987-2001).
Assistant Professor of French and
Linguistics, Department of Modern Foreign Languages
and Literatures, Boston University (1982-1987).
Ph.D. Program in Applied Linguistics, Boston University
Advisor for the Boston University Conference on Language
Member, Middlebury College French School, Summers
of 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988.