Welcome to the Language Creation Lab!
We are the University of Connecticut’s Language Creation Lab, directed by Dr. Marie Coppola. We study language acquisition and creation as well as the relationship between language and cognition, as revealed by D/deaf individuals with varying degrees of language input.
Our Study of Language and Math project (SLAM), supported by an NSF CAREER Award, investigates language and number concepts, focusing on the acquisition of language and number among Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. To learn more or get involved, visit our SLAM website.
Counting systems in sign languages around the world
Watch this short video about the results and findings from Corina Goodwin, Emily Carrigan, Kristin Walker, and Marie Coppola’s paper “Language not auditory experience is related to parent-reported executive functioning in preschool-aged deaf and hard-of-hearing children.”
Corina Goodwin, Emily Carrigan, Kristin Walker, and Marie Coppola’s paper “Language not auditory experience is related to parent-reported executive functioning in preschool-aged deaf and hard-of-hearing children” was published in the Journal of Child Development.
This study used the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) as a parent-reported measure of preschool-aged children’s executive function, and investigated the role of language and auditory experience within this measure.
The results showed no difference between children exposed to language at birth, whether that language was spoken or signed. But children who had delayed exposure to language, whether spoken or signed, did tend to have more trouble with executive functioning.
Click the link below to read the paper and find out more about the results!