SFA 2 Investigators

Pilar Piñar
Gallaudet University

Dr. Pilar Piñar received her Ph. D. in Linguistics from the University of Arizona in 1996. She joined the department of Foreign Languages at Gallaudet University in 1997 and is currently Associate Professor. Her main research interests are second language acquisition (with a focus on deaf learners), language processing and literacy, gesture and sign language research.

She is an affiliated researcher with the Center for Language Science at the Pennsylvania State University and is currently collaborating with researchers from Penn State on two projects funded by an NSF supplement grant on? Reading and speaking words in two languages: A psycholinguistic approach to bilingualism. These projects investigate issues of bilingualism and deaf literacy in conjunction with NSF Science of Learning VL2 Center at Gallaudet University (PI, Judith Kroll; Co-PIs, Pilar Piñar, Paola Dussias and Chip Gerfen), 2007-2008. She has also published work on gesture and ASL. One of her on-going projects is a longitudinal study on the acquisition of ASL as a second language by adults, in collaboration with faculty from Gallaudet University.

For more information, vist Pilar Piñar's website.