Department of Linguistics

Sandra Wood Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Office Location

310 A-Wing Science Building

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2017

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30-2:30pm or by appointment.

Phone

780-4582

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Connecticut, 2013
  • M.A. in Linguistics, University of Connecticut, 2009
  • M.A. in Linguistics, Purdue University, 2000

Profile

Previous Experience: 

Taught at McDaniel College in Dept. of ASL and Deaf Education
Taught at University of Virginia in Dept. of Psychology and ASL Program

Professional Experience:

Editorial board member- Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory journal
Editorial board member- Sign Languages and Deaf Communities (SLDC)
Reviewer for Lingua
Reviewer for various signed languages conferences
Committee member of Education that is Multicultural, Carroll County Public Schools (2015-2017)

Research Interests

Syntactic structure of American Sign Language; Comparative syntax- spoken and signed languages. Acquisition of signed languages as first and/or second language and homesigned systems.

Recent Publications

Lillo-Martin, D., Wood, S., and Hill, J., (to appear) Sign Languages: Structure and Contexts. Linguistic Society of America Publications.

Wood, S. and Morford, J. 2016. Psycholinguistics: Gestures & Home Signs. In G. Gertz and P. Bouldreault (eds.), The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. SAGE Publications: California.

Presentations

Abner, N., Koulidobrova, E., Wilbur, R., & Wood, S. 2017. When BEAT is EXCEEDS: Verbal Comparison in American Sign Language.  Paper presented at Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Abner, N., Koulidobrova, E., Wilbur, R., & Wood, S. 2017.  Don’t Miss the Beat!:  EXCEEDS Comparatives in American Sign Language.  Paper presented at Chicago Linguistic Society 2017. University of Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Wood, S. 2017. Never Say Never: You Never Know What It Might Mean.  Poster presented at Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Wood, S. 2016.  Syntax-Directed Interpretation of Negation in ASL:  Is NEVER an Adverb or Modal? Paper presented at 1st Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference.  Purdue University. Indiana, USA.

Wood, S. 2016.  Syntactic Structure in Homesigned Systems?  Word order and Constituent Structure. Paper presented at Workshop on Sign Language and Emergence of Language.  Purdue University.  Indiana, USA.

Wood, S. 2016.  Word Order in Adult Homesigned Systems. Poster presented at 12th Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference. LaTrobe University. Melbourne, Australia.

Wood, S. 2015.  Negation, Word order, and Interpretation. Invited presentation at Signed and Spoken Languages Festa 4, National Museum of Ethnology.  Osaka, Japan.

Wood, S. 2015.  Postsecondary Education and Scholarship for Deaf Academics.  Invited speaker, presented at Keio University. Tokyo, Japan.

Wood, S. 2015.  Syntax-Directed Interpretation of NEVER in ASL.  Invited presentation at Special Symposium in honor of Phyllis Perrin Wilcox.  University of New Mexico.  New Mexico, USA. 

Wood, S.  2012.  The Role of ‘Rootedness’ in Acquisition and Development of Language:  Evidence from Homesigners and Late Learners of L1.  Poster presented at 5th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition- North America Conference.  University of Kansas, Kansas, USA.

Awards and Recognition

Awards:

Multicultural Fellowship- University of Connecticut

NIH Predoctoral fellowship- Purdue University

Multicultural fellowship- Purdue University