How a Language was Born: Cognitive, Linguistic, and Social Factors That Led to the Creation of Nicaraguan Sign Language

Cognitive Science/Linguistics

This project will document social and cognitive factors leading to the emergence of a new sign language in Nicaragua. Research assistance includes coding and archiving of video sign language data, fact-finding about Nicaraguan context from the 1970s to the present, and reviewing cognitive and linguistic literature.

Knowledge of any sign language, Spanish, psychology, linguistics, or computational background and good computer skills are needed.

This is a rare opportunity to study the only language documented from its origins. Develop video editing skills, sign language knowledge, and empirical research experience. There is opportunity to develop an independent project, which is especially relevant for a student preparing for graduate study in psychology, linguistics, or computer science.


2014–2015 research partnership opportunities