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My research concerns various aspects of sign language linguistics, in particular morphology, the relation between morphology and phonology, (morpho)syntax and use of space. The languages I study are Sign Language of the Netherlands (NGT) and Turkish Sign Language (TID).
I currently work on a project called Form-Meaning Units, which focuses on a number of long-standing issues in sign language linguistics. Such are the role of iconicity in the lexicon and the grammar, and the relation between morphology and phonology, in sign languages. We use a morphological approach, constructing an inventory of all meaningful sub-sign units of NGT and investigating their combinatorial potential. This approach is necessary for a better understanding of the morphological and phonological structure of signs, for the comprehension and production of new signs, as a basis for psycholinguistic studies, as well as for applied linguistics (language education and lexicography). We make use of a large set of annotated data from the Corpus NGT and of experimental data. We also develop a lexicale database (NGT Signbank) on the basis of these data, that will be made accessible to a wide public in the future.
Some of my previous projects concern:
I am also very interested in (applications for) teaching and learning sign languages as an L2 and in bimodal bilingual education.
Radboud University Nijmegen
Centre for Language Studies
6525 HT Nijmegen
6500 HD Nijmegen
+31 24 35 12 052 / +31 6 25 43 39 82