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David Quinto-Pozos, PhD

University of Texas at Austin
Department of Linguistics

1 University Station B5100
Austin, TX 78712-0198

512-471-1701 (voice/TTY)
512-471-4340 (fax)


B.S., Sign Language Interpretation/Religious Studies
University of New Mexico, May 1992

M.A., Linguistics
University of Texas at Austin, December 1998

Ph.D., Linguistics
University of Texas at Austin, May 2002.

David was trained in linguistics and has conducted research on adult and child use of American Sign Language. His work on adults has included language contact between sign languages (focusing on Mexican Sign Language and American Sign Language), register variation, and the interaction of language and gesture. He also works on developmental signed language disorders as exhibited by children who are native signers of ASL. In addition, David has written about language teaching and signed language interpretation. He currently co-directs the American Sign Language (ASL) program at the University of Texas and teaches courses on bilingual first language acquisition and signed language linguistics. David is also a certified ASL-English interpreter and President of Mano a Mano, a national organization for trilingual (Spanish-English-ASL) interpreters.

Ongoing research:

"Interpreting Strategies used by Trilingual VRS Interpreters"

research intern: Erica Alley

Recent publications (since 2008)

Quinto-Pozos, David & Mehta, Sarika, (2010). Register variation in mimetic gestural complements

to signed language. Journal of Pragmatics, 42. 557-584.

 Ramsey, Claire & Quinto-Pozos, David (2010).  Transmission of Sign Language: Latin

America.  In Sign Languages.  A Cambridge Language Survey. Ed. Diane Brentari.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 Quinto-Pozos, David, Casanova de Canales, Kristie, & Treviño, Rafael (2010). Challenges of

Trilingual VRS interpreting in the United States.   In Studies in Interpretation Series,

Volume 5: Signed Language Interpreting in Multilingual or Multiethnic Contexts.  Eds. Rachel McKee & Jeffrey Davis (pp. 28-54). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

 Quinto-Pozos, David. (2011).  Teaching American Sign Language to hearing adult

learners.  Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 31. 137-158.

 Quinto-Pozos, David, Forber-Pratt, Anjali, & Singleton, Jenny. (2011). Do developmental

communication disorders exist in the signed modality? Perspectives from professionals.  Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 42. 423-443.

Recent grants

September 2008 – present:

National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center, Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) competition.  Project title: “Examining linguistic and non-linguistic uses of space in children with signed language disorders”.

Recent presentations

Quinto-Pozos, D. & Singleton, J. (2010, September). Investigating signed language disorders: Case study methods and results.  Paper presented at Theoretical Issues in Signed Language Research (TISLR) 10, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Quinto-Pozos, D. & Reynolds, W. (2010, October). ASL renditions of an English narrative: Accommodation through chaining and connecting/explaining in ASL.  Paper presented at Theoretical Issues in Signed Language Research (TISLR) 10, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Quinto-Pozos, D. (2010, October). Rates of fingerspelling in American Sign Language. Poster session presented at Theoretical Issues in Signed Language Research (TISLR) 10, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Quinto-Pozos, D. (2011, June). Research on ASL pedagogy: Where do we start? Paper presented at American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) conference, Seattle, Washington.

Casanova de Canales, K., Treviño, R., & Quinto-Pozos, D. (2011, July). Examining the challenges of trilingual (Spanish-English-ASL) VRS Interpreting.  Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) biennial conference, Atlanta, Georgia.


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