Deaf x Lab Receives Grant to Study Development of Vision in Deaf Children

The NSF award, which will be distributed over three years, will support a longitudinal study of 150 deaf children, ages 6 to 13, attending schools for the deaf around the United States. The research team, led by Matthew Dye, assistant professor in NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies, and Peter Hauser, professor and director of NTID’s Deaf Studies Laboratory, hopes to prove that deaf children who learn American Sign Language (ASL) early in life look at the world differently compared to deaf children who receive a cochlear implant and use a spoken language such as English. They also hope to learn whether it is a lack of hearing or the age at which they are exposed to a natural language that most influences how deaf children perceive the world. RIT/NTID Press Release.

Workshop on Multimodal Multilingual Outcomes in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

The deaf x lab is pleased to be able to invite you to join us for a Workshop on Multimodal Multilingual Outcomes in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. The workshop will take place at Stockholm University from June 13-15, 2016. More information, including a list of speakers and topics, is available at this site. Registration is free, but numbers are limited. If you are interested in joining us, then please contact Krister Schönström at schonstrom@ling.su.se.

Second Language Acquisition Across Modalities

New article accepted for publication in Second Language Research that reports on a motion tracking study of hearing college students learning ASL as an L2. Congratulations to past lab member Allison Hilger, who conducted this study for her undergraduate thesis.

Hilger, A.I., Loucks, T.M.J., Quinto-Pozos, D. and Dye, M.W.G. (in press). Second language acquisition across modalities: production variability in adult L2 learners. Second Language Research.

International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition 2015

The lab has had three posters accepted for presentation at the ICSLA 2015. Matt will be presenting details of a cross-linguistic L2 sign langauge corpus study, along with colleagues from Stockholm University and Trinity College Dublin. Two undergraduate students also had their posters accepted (Melissa and Rachel) for EEG and motion tracking studies being conducted with Darren Tanner and Torrey Loucks. Congratulations to Melissa and Rachel, who will also be presenting their work at ISHA 2015.