Gaurav Mathur Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Linguistics
  • B.A., Princeton University, Linguistics
Short Biography

Gaurav Mathur has been involved in linguistics since majoring in it as an undergraduate in 1992. His research interests center on the relationship between language modality (visual-manual vs. auditory-vocal) and language structure.

One line of research uses a paradigm of psycholinguistic experimental tasks to examine how the phonological properties of a signed language, e.g. handshape, location and movement, affect the online perception of a sign by native signers, late signers, and non-signers. Conversely, the paradigm reveals in part those properties that appear in the phonological structure of a sign.

A second line of research, carried out in collaboration with Dr. Christian Rathmann at the University of Hamburg, draws on a cross-linguistic comparison of several signed languages with respect to their morphology, with the aim of uncovering modality-specific and modality-neutral structural properties. To date, most of the research has concentrated on verb agreement in a number of sign languages. More recently, this line of research has been extended to the domain of classifier constructions.

He is also interested in the development of metalinguistic skills in a signed language and how it pertains to the development of reading skills in a written language.

phonology; morphology; sign perception; language experience and phonology; cross-linguistic phonology and morphology; phonemic awareness in sign and reading skills; modality and structure
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