My research focuses on the grammatical structure of human language, with a particular emphasis on the structural properties of signed languages. I am interested in how modality of production and perception does and does not affect language structure. Thus, I ask what properties signed languages have because they're signed but also what properties signed languages have because they're language. I am also interested in issues of language and cognition as well as language development and emergence in individuals and communities, which I am currently investigating through the lens of homesign and Nicaraguan Sign Language.
"It is so much easier to believe than to think; it is astounding how much more believing is done than thinking." - James Kemper