Terra Edwards PhD
  • PhD Anthropology University of California, Berkeley 2014
  • MA Anthropology University of Texas, Austin 2007
  • BA The Evergreen State College
Short Biography

My research, broadly construed, is concerned with the interactional and social foundations of language and language use. For the past 16 years, I have pursued this interest in the Seattle DeafBlind community. My dissertation examines a grammatical divergence between Visual American Sign Language (VASL) and Tactile American Sign Language (TASL), triggered by the recent pro-tactile movement. I have focused mostly on emergent phonological and morphological systems in TASL.

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  • Edwards, Terra. (2015). Bridging the gap between DeafBlind minds: interactional and social foundations of intention attribution in the Seattle DeafBlind community. Frontiers in Psychology 9, 1-13. (PDF).
  • Edwards, Terra. (2014). Language Emergence in the Seattle DeafBlind Community (dissertation). University of California, Berkeley . (PDF)
  • Edwards, Terra. (2014). From compensation to integration: Effects of the pro-tactile movement on the sublexical structure of Tactile American Sign Language  Journal of Pragmatics 69, 22-41 (PDF)
  • Edwards, Terra. (2012). Sensing the rhythms of everyday life: Temporal integration and tactile translation in the Seattle Deaf-Blind community. Language in Society 41, 29-71. (PDF)
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