Deanna Gagne

Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics

Deanna Gagne

Secondary Location

SLCC 317

I received my PhD from the University of Connecticut in Developmental Psychology with certificates in the Neurobiology of Language and the Cognitive Sciences.  Prior to that, I spent 10 years as a full time certified ASL interpreter and deaf services coordinator. My research focuses on the ways in which children develop language.  This could be individually: the way that children learn and influence the language they are learning, or, in the case of homesigning children, the ways in which they create language from scratch.  This also could be in a group: the ways in which adults as language models and children as peer models influence the language that a child in that context learns the language.  I am interested in the ways that language develops and evolves and the ways in which language and cognition influence each other.

Coming from a trilingual family (ASL, Spanish, and English), I am interested in the ways that children acquire more than one language and how the amount and type of exposure to any one language may influence its acquisition.  I do all this by studying the language of Deaf and hearing individuals in the United States (representing established signed and spoken languages) and deaf and hearing individuals in Nicaragua and other countries whose sign languages may have recently emerged or are still emerging.

When I am not working, I am often found with my three children, reading books, going on hikes, and exploring new places.

Gallaudet

800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002

Gallaudet

800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002