Julie A. Hochgesang PhD
  • PhD, Gallaudet University, Linguistics, 2013
  • MA, Gallaudet University, Linguistics, 2007
  • BA, California State University, Northridge, English, 1999
Short Biography

Julie A. Hochgesang was born in New Jersey where she attended Mountain Lakes Day School for a year before moving to a suburb north of Chicago (Lake Forest) where she attended mainstreamed school through high school. Julie moved to Southern California to attend college at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she majored in English and minored in Native American Studies (1999). She then taught developmental English for two years at CSUN before moving to Kenya, East Africa to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In Kenya, Julie taught for 2 years at a deaf school on the coast and worked with the deaf community in developing a CD dictionary for KSL. When she returned to the states, Julie wanted to continue work with language documentation so she decided to go to Gallaudet for a PhD in linguistics. Julie received her MA in 2007 and, in 2013, completed her dissertation which focused on evaluating the use of different notation systems for signed languages in the study of child language acquisition.

While at Gallaudet, Julie has worked at GRI (Gallaudet Research Institute) with Dr. Ross E. Mitchell. She has also worked with Professor Deborah Chen Pichler for over four years as her lab assistant on a couple of projects. The first was for a cross-linguistic study of possessives and existentials, an international study led by Dr. Ulrike Zeshan. Then, Julie became her lab manager for a longitudinal study of young CODA children in which they tracked their early ASL and English development. For that project, Julie became very familiar with ELAN, a software program used for transcribing. Since then, she has given ELAN workshops and served as an ELAN consultant for faculty members and doctoral students at Gallaudet. She also worked on the ID Gloss Project, a collaborative project headed by Dr. Lillo-Martin of University of Connecticut. She has also taught in the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies and returns to them every summer when she teaches "Sign Language Linguistics for Sign Language Professionals".

Julie is interested in phonology and phonetics, language documentation (fieldwork, transcription and corpus linguistics) and making linguistics accessible to the general community (ASL teachers, interpreters, teachers of the Deaf, or anyone who's interested in knowing about language). 

Currently, Julie is working on a language documentation project with the Deaf Haitian community (LSHDoP) which is an initial effort at collecting and compiling video data on their signed language. She is also involved in initial efforts towards creating documentation archives for ASL at Gallaudet. 

She lives in North Virginia with her husband and child.

To see some selected publications, presentations or CV, visit either my academia.edu page or my personal website

Phonetics/phonology of signed languages; transcription of signed languages; corpora of signed languages; child acquisition of signed languages.
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