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Gallaudet University (Washington, DC 20002-3600)
Patrick Boudreault (Project Director: June 2017 to present)

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

$323,479 (approved)
$323,479 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 2/28/2023

Exposing the Borders of Academia: Sign Language as a Medium of Knowledge Production, Preservation, and Dissemination

Improvements to the technological infrastructure of the Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) to implement a fully bilingual digital platform for use by both signers and non-signers. The project also increases access to and sustainability of DSDJ content and supports refinements to the peer review process in American Sign Language.

The Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ) is a peer-reviewed, digital journal in American Sign Language and English text dedicated to advancing the cultural, creative and critical output of work in and about sign languages and its communities. DSDJ publishes work in the form of scholarly video articles, original works of signed literature, as well as interviews, reviews, and historical resources. This project will preserve and migrate past issues of DSDJ to a new open-access, technologically sustainable platform that adheres to and advances accessibility standards in publishing through fully bilingual video and text articles, advanced interactive videos, and integration into library databases. Furthermore, the project develops innovative peer-review processes that support the exclusive use of sign language to produce the next iteration of DSDJ in an effort to transform scholarly communication.

MLA (New York, NY 10004-2434)
Nelly Furman (Project Director: May 2013 to February 2015)
Dennis O. Looney (Project Director: February 2015 to March 2015)

Education Development and Demonstration
Education Programs

[Grant products][Media coverage]

$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2015

MLA Survey of Enrollments in Languages other than English in Higher Education

The MLA has conducted twenty-two surverys of undergraduate and graduate fall semester course enrollments in all languages other than English at US Colleges and Universities. During a sixteen month period two full-time research assistants conduct research with a remarkably high response rate of over 95%. The MLA surverys are widley acknowledged by the field of lanuage teaching, government, and industry as the single, all-inclusive metric of United States post-secondary interest in the study of languages. This Chairman's grant will support the salary of one of the two research assistants who we hire to conduct data collection. Cost sharing, calculated at $150,000 will cover addtional funding for a second research assistant, IT development and for an verage 25% of the annual salaries of the three regular MLA staffers.

Gallaudet University (Washington, DC 20002-3600)
Jennifer L. Nelson (Project Director: September 1997 to March 2003)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1998 – 8/31/2001

Critical Approaches to American Sign Language Literature

To support the preparation of a book and CD-ROM of critical essays on original literature created in American Sign Language.

This project will develop the first text to examine critical approaches to literature in American Sign Language. As ASL has no written form, the anthology will be developed using CD-ROM technology to create an English-ASL text accessible to a wide audience. The anthology will be a bilingual and bi-cultural collaboration between Deaf and hearing scholars. Recognizing ASL as a medium for literature challenges traditional definitions of literature, genre, and text. A comprehensive study of ASL literature, then, has the potential to enhance the scope of the humanities in the areas of literature, criticism, and the visual and performing arts.

Erica J. Gilles
Secondary School

Younger Scholars, 2/86 - 2/95
Fellowships and Seminars

$2,100 (approved)
$2,100 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1995 – 8/31/1995

A Study of Two Grammars: American Sign Language and English

No project description available

Gallaudet University (Washington, DC 20002-3600)
James C. Woodward (Project Director: August 1991 to June 1996)

Reference Materials - Tools
Preservation and Access

$86,950 (approved)
$86,950 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1992 – 6/30/1995

Black Southern Signing: Dictionary and Free Conversational Database

To support a dictionary of Black Southern varieties of American Sign Language and a videotaped database of conversation.

Northeastern University (Boston, MA 02115-5005)
Harlan L. Lane (Project Director: November 1979 to October 1990)

Research Programs

[Grant products]

$44,802 (approved)
$43,074 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1980 – 5/31/1982

Readings in the History of the Deaf: Great Works in Trans- lation

To support translation of ten 18th-century French works describing the emergence and evolution of the first deaf community and its language, a language that spawned American Sign Language.

Gallaudet University (Washington, DC 20002-3600)
James C. Woodward (Project Director: January 1975 to present)

Basic Research
Research Programs

$11,999 (approved)
$11,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1975 – 12/31/1975

Historical Bases of American Sign Language

To examine American Sign Language (ASL) from an historical sociolinguistic point of view. In addition project will examine influence of French Sign Language on ASL and ongoing lexical and grammatical change. of ASL will give important insights into the history of the deaf community as an autonomous minority group.

Lynn A. Friedman
Unaffiliated independent scholar

Younger Scholars, 2/76 - 2/85
Public Programs

$5,130 (approved)
$5,130 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1973 – 6/30/1973

Phonological Structures in American Sign Language

To preserve and enhance the status of the American Sign Language of the deaf (ASL): 1) in terms of its linguistic status among other natural languages; 2) as an educational medium in schools for the deaf; 3) within the deaf community, a social, economic, political, and linguistic minority. The investigators will perform a linguistic analysis of various aspects of its phonology (cherology), in order to add to the exisiting knowledge concerning the formal properties of this unique visual language. Projected analyses: stress patterns, phrasing, assimiliation, placement, and the paralinguistic use of visual cues.