Sign Linguistics Degree ProgramsGallaudet University offers both a master of arts and a doctorate's degree in sign linguistics through its Department of Linguistics. Students in these programs study both spoken and signed languages to gain an understanding of language. Another college known to offer sign language as part of its graduate linguistics studies is the University of New Mexico Department of Linguistics. Boston University has a graduate program in applied linguistics that has sign language as a specialization option.
Sign Linguistics CommunityPeople interested in sign linguistics can discuss the topic with each other through the Sign Language Linguistics List. This list has publicly available archives on the web.
Linguistic JournalsA few journals are published that deal with sign language linguistics:
- Sign Language & Linguistics (ISSN: 1387-9316, E-ISSN: 1569-996X ), published by John Benjamins Publishing Company. This journal is available in both print and electronic form.
- Sign Language Studies, published by Gallaudet University Press.
BooksModern books on sign language linguistics include Sign Language and Linguistic Theory by W.Sandler. A companion book by Sandler is Sign Language and Linguistics Universals. Both books are published by Cambridge University Press (not yet available at the time this article was written). The Press also has a British sign language linguistics book, titled The Linguistics of British Sign Language.
Gallaudet University Press has also published several books related to sign linguistics, including Linguistics of American Sign Language.
ResearchQuite a bit of research on sign language linguistics has been done, and some of this research is available online. One linguist, Reba Orton, has made several of her papers available online:
- ASL Compounds, an article analyzing five ASL compounds.
- ASL Machine Translation, a paper on machine translation of sign language.
- Non-Manual ASL Signals
- Word Association Issues, a paper on psycholinguistics comparing deaf and hearing sign.