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The Black ASL research team received the Linguistics, Language, and the Public award during the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting last week. According to the LSA website, this award honors an individual or group for work that effectively increases public awareness and understanding of linguistics and language. In its announcement, LSA said that “The Black ASL Project is exemplary in increasing public awareness and understanding of linguistics and to sociohistorical factors contributing to BASL. The work effectively increases public awareness of language use in African American communities, and it inspires communities to work to continue to celebrate and maintain BASL. That work inspires movement from awareness to action—the kind of impact linguistics should have in communities all over the world! In a word, it is an excellent example of work by linguists that informs the public.”
Dr. Ceil Lucas, professor emerita at Gallaudet University, and Dr. Joseph C. Hill, G-’04 & PhD ’11, a professor and administrator at Rochester Institute of Technology, accepted the award on behalf of the team. Other team members are Dr. Carolyn D. McCaskill, ’77, G-’79, & PhD ’05, Professor of Deaf Studies and Director of the Center for Black Deaf Studies; and Dr. Robert Bayley, professor of linguistics at the University of California at Davis.
Dr. Nancy E. Kensicki, a long-time faculty member at Gallaudet University, passed away on April 16, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland. She was 83 years old. Dr. Kensicki taught English from 1967 to 2004, and served multiple terms as chair of the Department of English. She was involved in the faculty governance system and advised student...
Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans, an internationally renowned scholar and researcher, passed away on April 16, 2022, at age 92. She was a research professor at Gallaudet from 1975 to 1997, and was named professor emerita after her retirement. During her time at Gallaudet, Dr. Meadow Orlans published numerous scholarly articles and books including Deafness and...
Watch the official news release in American Sign Language. The United States Department of Education, through its Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), has awarded $2.1 million to Elizabeth Schniedewind, ’90 & G-’92, clinical associate professor for sign language interpreting at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. The grant funds will support ISU and Gallaudet University in...
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