Aarons, Debra (1994) Aspects of the Syntax of American Sign Language. Doctoral dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Current position - Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, University of New South Wales

Previously - Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of General Linguistics (offering the first specialization in sign language linguistics in South Africa), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Some recent publications

Aarons, D. and Morgan, R. (2003) Classifier Predicates and the Creation of Multiple Perspectives in South African Sign Language. Sign Language Studies 3:2, 125-156.

Aarons, D. and Akach, P. (1995). South African Sign Language--one language or many? In R. Mesthrie, ed., Language and Social History. Second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Aarons, 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.


Bahan, Benjamin (1996) Non-Manual Realization of Agreement in American Sign Language. Doctoral dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Professor, Department of Deaf Studies; former department chair; director of the MA Program in Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

Some recent publications

Bahan, 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 Education.

Lane, H., Hoffmeister, R., and Bahan, B. (1996). A Journey into the Deaf World. San Diego: Dawn Sign Press.


Cahana-Amitay, Dalia (1997) Syntactic Aspects of the Production of Verbal Inflection in Aphasia. Doctoral dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Recently: Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Some recent publications and presentations:

Cahana-Amitay, D. and Katzenberger, I. (1998). Segmentation of Written and Spoken Narratives in Hebrew. 1998 Writing Conference/Conférence sur l'Ecriture 1998. Writing and Learning to Write at the dawn of he 21st Century. Proceedings/Actes. Ecrire et Apprendre à Ecrire à l'aube du XXIème siècle. Publication MSHS Poitiers, France.

Cahana-Amitay , D. and Ravid, D. (1999) Verbal versus nominal references to conflict situations : Evidence from Hebrew. International Pragmatics Conference on Pragmatics and Negotiation, June 1999, Israel.

Cahana-Amitay, D. and Ravid, D. (2000). Optional bound morphology in Hebrew texts: A developmental perspective. In S. C. Howell, S. A. Fish, and T. Keith-Lucas, eds., BUCLD 24: Proceedings of the 24th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA.


Law, Sam-Po (1990) The Syntax and Phonology of Cantonese Sentence-Final Particles. Doctoral dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Department.of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Hong Kong.

Some recent publications; see also home page:

Law, S.-P., and Leung, M.-T. (1998). Sentence comprehension in Chinese aphasic patients. Aphasiology, 12(1), 49-63.

Law, S.-P., and Leung, M.-T. (2000). Sentence processing deficits in two Cantonese aphasic patients. Brain and Language.

Law, S.-P. (in press). Structural prominence hypothesis and Chinese aphasic sentence comprehension. Brain and Language.


Dawn MacLaughlin
(1997) The Structure of Determiner Phrases: Evidence from American Sign Language. Doctoral dissertation, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Previous position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, McGill University, 2000-2001.

Some recent publications

MacLaughlin, D. (1995). Language Acquisition and the Subset Principle. The Linguistic Review, 12, 143-191.

MacLaughlin, 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: John Benjamins.