1. Specialized knowledge:
    • Demonstration of in-depth familiarity with current literature relevant to their chosen topic of research.
  2. Critical evaluation:
    • Ability to critically compare and evaluate claims from the linguistics literature and argue for or against them in a coherent manner.
  3. Formulation of research questions:
    • Ability to independently formulate clear and tractable research questions related to their individual projects, and develop a systematic and culturally responsible plan for answering them, including identification of data needed to further the investigation.
  4. Dissemination and communication:
    • Ability to communicate information about sign language linguistics competently and respectfully to the field, the Deaf communities and the greater public.
  5. Ethical conduct as researchers:
    • Demonstrating academic integrity and responsible conduct in their research practices with transparency and respect to the communities involved.