PEN Lecture Series
Academic Year 2009-10
In 2009-2010, Gallaudet’s NSF Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning will host the VL2 Presentation Series featuring distinguished researchers renowned for their groundbreaking work.
This year’s presentations focus on ASL, the linguistic and literacy development of deaf children, the importance of fingerspelling and how dyslexia can lead to visual strengths.
All presentations are from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with time available for a Q & A. Presentations will take place at SAC 1011 on the Gallaudet University campus. Light refreshments will be provided as well as interpreters. Presentations are open to the public and free of charge. All presentations are videotaped and can be viewed on the VL2 website at your convenience.
For more information on any of the presentations, please refer to http://vl2.gallaudet.edu. VL2 is a Science of Learning Center funded by NSF, committed to the scientific research in Visual Language and Visual Learning.
Language and Theory of Mind in Deaf Children: What We Know and What it Means
Dr. Schick will discuss her research findings on deaf children with hearing parents, regarding the acquisition of a mature Theory of Mind (TOM) and implications for fundamental cognitive skills when TOM is delayed.
Scientists with Dyslexia Exhibit Visuospatial Strengths
Important advances in science and mathematics have come from individuals with learning disabilities, whose different ways of looking at the world have led to revolutionizing their fields. Dr. Schneps will discuss the results of a study linking dyslexia to spatial dexterity, suggesting that “disabilities” may provide an advantage.
Literacy Development of Deaf Children
Many deaf children have serious difficulties learning to read proficiently. Dr. Connor’s presentation will provide information regarding the intricate links between language and literacy skills for both deaf children and children with normal hearing. Additionally, Dr. Connor with discuss how the rich body of reading intervention research for hearing children may apply, with some adaptations, to deaf children.
Audio-visual Integration in Children with a Cochlear Implant
Although cochlear implants have greatly improved speech intelligibility, they do not convey optimal auditory information about place of articulation (and voicing) in deaf children. Dr. Leybaert’s research examines the imbalance between audition and vision in implanted children.
The Linguistic Foundations of Reading: Insights from Readers who Sign
Several hypotheses have proposed explanations for the low median reading level of the deaf student population. Dr. Mayberry will discuss perceptions of these hypotheses and summarize a series of modern studies that suggest otherwise.
Lexical Recognition in American Sign: Comparisons of Sign and Gesture Recognition
The field of sign language psycholinguistics is still new and there is a lack of understanding of sign recognition in human processes. Dr. Corina will discuss his research on how sign language recognition differs from human action recognition, contributing to our understanding of linguistic structure of the language.
Grammar and the Body
Grammars are often viewed as abstract systems that represent general properties of human language. In this talk, Dr. Padden will discuss a revised view of the grammars of sign languages in which the body, hands, head, and face play a key role in the grammatical structure.
Sentence Processing in L2 Readers: Linguistic and Experience-based Factors
Dr. Dussias will discuss factors that impact second language (L2) readers, as well as bilinguals’ literacy characteristics and specific linguistic experiences that may determine their performance on reading comprehension tasks.
Tracking the Development of Language and Discourse Skills of ASL-competent Children
Dr. Kuntze will share the findings of his five-year longitudinal study on language and the discourse skills of ASLcompetent children. This study is driven by the hypothesis that future success with reading is based on children’s experience with a language that replicates some of the demands of literacy, even though they may be two different languages.
Deaf Children’s Acquisition of Novel Fingerspelled Words
Dr. Hile will discuss her research on the ability of deaf children to acquire new vocabulary through fingerspelling, and its connection with bilingual language development.