Department of Linguistics

Judy Shepard-Kegl Ph.D., NIC-M, SC:L, ED:K-12

Professor of Linguistics; Director of the Signed Language Research Lab

Office Location

310 A-Wing Science Building



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985


Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.

Previous Experience: Full-time researcher in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University (1990-1998). Taught in Linguistics and Psychology at Swarthmore College (1988-1990); Princeton University (1986-1988); Northeastern University (1981-1987); and Hampshire College (1977-1981).

Professional Service: Reviewer for the National Science Foundation, National Insitutes of Health, American Association of University Women, Australian Research Council, The Wellcome Trust, Engineering and Research Council Grants (England) and various linguistics, neurolinguistics and psychology journals.

Grant support: National Science Foundation, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, among others.


Research Interests

Signed language research, neurolinguistics of both spoken and signed languages, neuroscience

Recent Publications

  • Books: The Syntax of American Sign Language: Functional Categories and Hierarchical Structure (MIT Press, 2000, co-authored with Carol Neidle, Dawn MacLaughlin, Ben Bahan, and Robert G. Lee); Bridges between Psychology and Linguistics: A Swarthmore Festschrift for Lila Gleitman , (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1991, co-edited with Donna Jo Napoli), among others.
  • Articles: in Language, Brain and Language, Brain and Cognition, Aphasiology, Studia Linguistica, Journal of Interpretation, Journal of Education, Discourse Processes, Sign Language Studies, The Journal of Neurolinguistics, International Journal of Lexicography, Revue Quebecoise de Linguistique, American Journal of Computational Linguistics, and Nordic Journal of Linguistics, among others. Contributed to anthologies published by the MIT Press, Academic Press, D. Reidel, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Oxford University Press, John Benjamins, Cambridge University Press, and other academic publishers.