Sign Languages and Gesture

Our research assumes that language is multimodal because communication involves the whole body, and not just the spoken and written word. A central strength of our work is the study of signed languages, the visual-gestural languages of deaf communities. We also explore how speech and gesture work together in everyday communication.

Areas of research include:

  • Cross-linguistic variation in gesture use
  • First and second language acquisition of signed languages
  • Gesture and language development
  • Gesture and language emergence
  • Metaphorical gestures
  • Sign language linguistics and sociolinguistics

Dr Marcus Perlman

Dr Marcus Perlman

Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
Acting Director of PGR for ELAL