On April 8th, Lab Director Dr. Marie Coppola gave a talk at the Language Acquisition and Learning in Deaf Children Conference. Take a look at her presentation, “Early access to language: Creating an optimal foundation for deaf children’s cognitive development,” here. The presentation covers the importance of accessible language for both Deaf and hearing children, the benefits of bimodality and bilingualism, the functional neuroanatomy of language, and the intersection of language with other domains and aspects of cognitive development like math.
Hosted by the Baystate Continuing Interprofessional Education and the Willie Ross School for the Deaf, the Language Acquisition and Learning in Deaf Children Conference focused on the language acquisition, education, and development of Deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
Language Creation Lab graduate student Jessica Contreras was recently interviewed for RIT’s University News about her experience as a graduate student enrolled in the Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program. Jessica spoke about the benefits of the Bridges program, a research and educational program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students: “Equally as important as the lab work and mentoring opportunities is the way that the Bridges program helps students develop their own identities as deaf people and as scientists.” The program, she said, gave her “the confidence to succeed in a research setting alongside hearing peers.”
The article, “RIT/NTID program encourages students to pursue doctoral degrees” by Vienna McGrain, can be read here.
Russell’s paper, titled “Functionalism in the lexicon: Where is it, and how did it get there?”, initially written as one of his prelims, has been accepted into a thematic issue titled “New Questions for the Next Decade”, and will also be published in a book with other articles and commentaries. Many thanks to Marie and other faculty who helped the paper along!