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Gerardo Ortega

    Gerardo completed his PhD in 2012 at the Deafness, Cognition and Language research centre (DCAL) at University College London (UCL). His dissertation, supervised by Prof. Gary Morgan and Prof. Bencie Woll, investigated how hearing adults learn a second language in a second (visual) modality. Specifically, he explored how sign structure, iconicity and gesture influence the emergence of a signed phonological system in hearing adults.

    Gerardo is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics with Prof. Asli Özyürek. For the duration of this project he will continue exploring the mechanisms underlying the acquisition of a sign language as a second language (L2) and understand how iconicity and gesture are exploited during L2 sign development. In addition, he is currently investigating language acquisition in deaf children learning Turkish Sign Language as a first language (L1).

    His research interests are bilingual bimodalism, lexical access in signs, gesture, L1 and L2 phonological development and the role of iconicity in linguistic processes.

Function: Affiliated Researcher
Member of: Center for Language Studies Group
Last checked 2014-04-02

Gerardo Ortega

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands