ASL Linguistics and Research

Gallaudet Research Institute - The Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI) strives to fulfill the university's legislated obligation to support and conduct research, and disseminate findings, on topics of concern to deaf people and those who live, work with, and educate them. To this end, GRI aspires to stimulate students, faculty, and staff in pursuit of new knowledge of value to their scholarly growth and to their discipline, by supporting on-campus research and lectures. GRI researchers conduct studies of language and learning processes in American Sign Language and English among deaf people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. The GRI continues its long tradition as the preeminent source of demographic and educational data about deaf youth throughout the United States.

Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience - The LLCN studies languages and the deaf and hearing people who use them to ask the following questions:

  • What is universal about human language?
  • How is signing different from speaking?
  • Does the language you use affect how you think?
  • Is the deaf, signing brain different from the hearing, speaking brain?
  • How does the brain recognize the difference between gesture and sign language?
  • What is the nature of the bimodal bilingual brain?
Science of Learning on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) VL2 is a Science of Learning Center (SLC) on Visual Language and Visual Learning, funded by the National Science Foundation. The purpose of VL2 is to gain a greater understanding of the biological, cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and pedagogical conditions that influence the acquisition of language and knowledge through the visual modality.
Gallaudet University houses VL2, and brings together deaf and hearing researchers and educators from a variety of disciplines and institutions to study how language and literacy develop in deaf individuals. The knowledge gained will help improve education for deaf students and will contribute to the understanding of how learning occurs through the visual pathway for all individuals, deaf and hearing.

Sign Linguistics - *Under construction* - Comparative linguistics of signed languages throughout the world.