Assistant Professor, Comparative Human Development; Co-Director, Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language

Terra Edwards is a linguistic anthropologist whose research is concerned with the existential and environmental conditions that support language emergence. Since 2006, she has been pursuing this interest with DeafBlind communities in the U.S., where new ways of being DeafBlind are emerging alongside a new tactile language. Broadly speaking, her work asks: How do our ways of being in the world give rise to particular kinds of languages?

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