I am a postdoctoral research fellow at Ghent University's Department of Linguistics (Belgium). My research looks at the early acquisition of Flemish Sign Language (VGT) in deaf children. The current project, funded by AB-FWO and in collaboration with dr. Capirci (ISTC-CNR Rome, Italy), specifically focuses on the synergy and interaction between gestures and signs in early dyadic interactions. I have published on various aspects of the early acquisition of VGT, including work on parental strategies used in communication with deaf infants and on the development of the VGT Visual Communication and Sign Language checklist.
In December 2018, I obtained my PhD in Linguistics and in Health Sciences at Ghent University (supervised by prof. dr. M. Van Herreweghe and prof. dr. K. Van Lierde). During this PhD—in the fall and winter of 2017-2018—I was a visiting scholar at Gallaudet University (Washington DC, USA) working in close collaboration with prof. dr. D. Chen Pichler, prof. dr. T. Allen and prof. dr. L. Simms. In 2019, I held a Belgian American Educational Foundation fellowship and was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Mayberry laboratory for multimodal language development at UC San Diego (San Diego, USA). I recently received an Academia Belgica fellowship funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). In 2020, I will be working at the Language and Communication Across Modalities (LaCAM) laboratory in Rome (Italy).
Introduction to Flemish Sign Language