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Lunch Hour Lecture: What can sign languages tell us about human language?

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This is a UCL Minds Lunch Hour Lecture

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Language is a fundamental part of what makes us human – for this reason, language has been of scientific interest for several hundred years. But the vast majority of this interest has been in spoken language. Sign languages used by deaf communities are also languages. This talk will outline how sign languages are the same as spoken languages in terms of how they are structured and how they are used, how they differ from spoken languages, and what all of this tells us about the human capacity for language generally.

BSL/English interpreters will be provided.

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Dr. Kearsy Cormier is Reader in Sign Linguistics in the UCL Department of Linguistics and also Deputy Director at the UCL Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre. Kearsy got her PhD in 2002 from University of Texas then worked as a Lecturer at the Centre for Deaf Studies at the University of Bristol for 3 years before taking up a post as Senior Researcher at DCAL at UCL in 2006. Her research is on the structure and use of sign languages and also visual language more generally.

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