At Montclair, Dr. Abner researches and teaches about language structure, with a focus on signed languages. Her recent courses include:
APLN 500: Language and Linguistics
LNGN 210: Introduction to General Linguistics
LNGN 220: Structure of American English
LNGN 301: Semantics
LNGN 451 (soon to be LNGN 350): Structure of American Sign Language & Other Sign Languages
- Tuesday 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
- Tuesday 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Thursday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Monday 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
- Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- Thursday 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Sign Language Linguistics and L2 Sign Language Acquisition
Unlike speech, sign languages are human languages that are produced with the hands and body and perceived with the eyes. Signed and spoken languages have many linguistic properties in common, but they also exhibit some interesting linguistic differences. This project explores the linguistic structures of signed languages using experimental methods and traditional language fieldwork. It also examines how hearing people learn sign languages as second languages.
Communication With and Without Speech
When we speak, we communicate more than just what is said by our spoken words. We also communicate information with our gesture. Gesture is the spontaneous movement of the hands and body that accompanies language, like pointing at something when we say, "Give me that." This project explores the kinds of information communicated by gesture, the structural properties of gesture itself, and how our gesture interacts with our speech when we communicate.