I am a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut, and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories. I am an affiliated faculty member of the CT Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and a former fellow of the UConn Humanities Institute.
My main research interest is to better understand the human language faculty. Primarily I examine this by studying the structure and acquisition of American Sign Language, and by looking at the process of language acquisition across different languages. See my Research page, the Sign Linguistics and Language Acquisition lab site, and the site for the Binational Bimodal Bilingual Language Development Project for more information.
Upcoming Linguistics Events
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Storrs CampusKonover Auditorium
The 56th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program with Claudia Rankine
Wednesday March 13, 2019
â¢Afternoon reading: c. 12:30 p.m. (time to be finalized shortly), Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford
â¢Evening reading 7 p.m., Konover Auditorium, UConn Storrs
Both readings are free and open to the public.
Claudia Rankine, a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, is the author of five collections of poetry including Donât Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf 2008) and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf 2014), which uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images, to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a âpost-racialâ society. A defining text for our time, Citizen was the winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry.
In all her work, whether writing about intimacy or alienation, Rankineâs voice is typified by intensity and candor. Her poetry is both innovative and thoughtful, often crossing genres as it tracks startling yet precise leaps of the mind. As the Judges Citation for the Jackson Prize notes, âThe moral vision of Claudia Rankineâs poetry is astounding. In a body of work that pushes the boundaries of the contemporary lyric, Rankine has managed to make space for meditation and vigorous debate upon some of the most relevant and troubling social themes of the 20th and 21st centuriesâ¦. These poems do the work of art of the highest orderâteaching, chastening, changing, astounding, and humanizing the reader.â Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writersâ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.
For more information, please visit our website at http://wallacestevens.uconn.edu/
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