Diane Brentari, Director

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In Press

In Press - Taehwan Kim, Jonathan Keane, Weiran Wang, Hao Tang, Jason Riggle, Gregory Shakhnarovich, Diane Brentari and Karen Livescu. Lexicon-Free Fingerspelling Recognition from Video: Data, Models and Signer Adaptation. Computer Speech and Language.      pdf pdf icon

In Press - Jonathan Keane, Zed Sevcikova Sehyr, Karen Emmorey and Diane Brentari. A Theory-Driven Model of Handshape Similarity. Phonology 34 (2)     pdf pdf icon

In Press - Diane Brentari. Sign Language Phonology. In G. Gertz and P. Boudrealt, eds. The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. Sage Publishers.     pdf pdf icon

In Press – Jordan Fenlon, Kearsey Cormier, and Diane Brentari. The phonology of sign languages. In S.J. Hannahs & A. Bosch (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Phonological Theory. NY: Routledge.     pdf pdf icon

In Press – Jordan Fenlon and Diane Brentari. Sign language prosody. In J. Quer, R. Pfau, and A. Herrmann (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Theoretical and Experimental Sign Language Research.     pdf pdf icon


2017 - Diane Brentari and Susan Goldin-Meadow. Language Emergence. The Annual Review of Linguistics. 3: 363-388.     pdf pdf icon


2017 - Susan Goldin-Meadow and Diane Brentari. Gesture, sign and language: The coming of age of sign language and gesture studies. Brain and Behavioral Sciences 39.        pdf pdf icon

2017 - Rabia Ergin and Diane Brentari. Handshape Preferences for Objects and Predicates in Central Taurus Sign Language. Proceedings of the 41st annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, ed. Maria LaMendola and Jennifer Scott, 222-235. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.     pdf pdf icon


2016 - Iris Berent, Outi Bat-El, Diane Brentari, Amanda Dupuis, and Vered Vaknin-Nusbaum. The Double Identity of Linguistic Doubling. PNAS. doi:10.1073/pnas.1613749113      pdf pdf icon

2016 - Diane Brentari, Marie Coppola, Pyeong Whan Cho, and Ann Senghas. Handshape complexity as a pre-cursor to phonology: Variation, emergence, and acquisition. Language Acquisition.     pdf pdf icon

2016 - Diane Brentari, Chiara Branchini, Jordan Fenlon, Laura Horton, and Gladys Tang. Typology in sign languages: Can it be predictive? In Proceedings from the 51st annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.      pdf pdf icon

2016 - Josh Falk and Diane Brentari. Unsupervised Learning of Prosodic Boundaries in ASL. U. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics. Volume 18.2.     pdf pdf icon


2015 - Jonathan Keane and Diane Brentari. Fingerspelling: Beyond Handshape Sequences. In M. Marschark and P. Siple (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Language: Research, Policy, and Practice, 146-160. NY/Oxford: Oxford University Press.      pdf pdf icon

2015 - Jonathan Keane, Diane Brentari, and Jason Riggle. Segmentation and pinky extension in in ASL fingerspelling. In E. Raimy and C. Cairns (eds.) The Segment in Phonology and Phonetics, 103-128. Wiley-Blackwell.     pdf pdf icon

2015 - Laura Horton, Susan Goldin-Meadow, Marie Coppola, Ann Senghas, and Diane Brentari. Forging a morphological system out of two dimensions: Agentivity and number. Open Linguistics 1, 596–613.      pdf pdf icon

2015 - Diane Brentari, Josh Falk, and George Wolford. The acquisition of American Sign Language Prosody. Language, 91 (3): e144-e168.      pdf pdf icon

2015 – Meredith Saletta, Lisa Goffman, and Diane Brentari. Orthographic Factors Influence Speech Production. Applied Psycholinguistics.       pdf pdf icon

2015 – Susan Goldin-Meadow, Diane Brentari, Marie Coppola, Laura Horton, Ann Senghas. Watching language grow in the manual modality: Nominals, predicates, and handshapes. Cognition, 136: 381-395, March 2015.    pdf pdf icon


2014 – Diane Brentari, Alessio Di Renzo, Jonathan Keane and Virgnia Volterra. Cognitive, Cultural and Linguistic Sources of a Handshape Distinction Expressing Agentivity. TopiCS. doi:10.1111/tops.12123     pdf pdf icon

2014 – Marie Coppola and Diane Brentari. From iconic handshapes to grammatical constrasts: longitudinal evidence from a child homesigner. Frontiers in Psychology. 5: 1-23, July 2014.     Electronic access offsite icon

2014 – Iris Berent, Amanda Dupuis and Diane Brentari. Phonological reduplication in sign language: Rules rule. Frontiers in Psychology. 5: 1-15, June 2014.     pdf pdf icon


2013 — Diane Brentari, Giovanna Marotta, Ilaria Margherita, and Angela Ott. The interaction of pitch accent and gesture production in Italian and English. Studi e Saggi Linguistici, June 2013.     pdf pdf icon

2013 — Iris Berent, Amanda Dupuis, and Diane Brentari. Amodal Aspects of Linguistic Design. PloS one, 8(4):1–17, 2013.     pdf pdf icon

2013 — Diane Brentari and Marie Coppola. What sign language creation teaches us about language. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 4(2):201–211, 2013.     pdf pdf icon

2013 — Diane Brentari, Marie Coppola, Ashley Jung, and Susan Goldin-Meadow. Acquiring word class distinctions in American Sign Language. Language Learning and Development, 2013.     pdf pdf icon


2012 — Diane Brentari, Marie Nadolske, and George Wolford. Can experience with gesture influence the prosody of a Sign language? ASL Prosodic Cues in Bimodal Bilinguals. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 15(2):402–412, 2012.     pdf pdf icon

2012 — Diane Brentari, Marie Coppola, Laura Mazzoni, and Susan Goldin-Meadow. When does a system become phonological?. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory Linguistic Theory, 30(1):1–31, 2012.     Electronic access offsite icon

2012 — Diane Brentari. Handbook of Sign Language Linguistics, chapter: Sign language phonology: The word and sub-lexical structure. Mouton, 2012.   pdf pdf icon


2011 — Diane Brentari. The Handbook of Phonological Theory, Second Edition, chapter: Sign language phonology, 691–721. Blackwell, New York/Oxford, Second edition, 2011.     pdf pdf icon

2011 — Diane Brentari and Petra Eccarius. Formational Units in the Analysis of Signs, chapter: When does a system become phonological? Potential sources of handshape contrast in sign languages, 125–150. Ishara Press / Mouton de Gruyter., 2011.     pdf pdf icon

2011 — Diane Brentari. The Blackwell Companion to Phonology, chapter: Handshape in Sign Language Phonology. Blackwell, 2011.     pdf pdf icon

2011 — Diane Brentari. Sensitivity to Visual Prosodic Cues in Signers and Nonsigners. Language and Speech, 54(1):49–72, 2011.     pdf pdf icon


2010 — Diane Brentari. Sign Languages, chapter: Introduction, 1–16. Cambridge University Press, 2010.     pdf pdf icon

2010 — Diane Brentari and Petra Eccarius. Sign Languages, chapter: Handshape contrasts in sign language phonology, 284–311. Cambridge University Press, 2010.     pdf pdf icon

2010 — Petra Eccarius and Diane Brentari. A formal analysis of phonological contrast and iconicity in sign language handshapes. Sign Language & Linguistics, 13(2):156–181, 2010.     Electronic access offsite icon

2010 — Gladys Tang, Diane Brentari, Carolina González, and Felix Sze. Sign Languages, chapter: Crosslinguistic variation in prosodic cues, 519–542. Cambridge University Press, 2010.     pdf pdf icon

2000 - 2009

2008 — Heather L. Balog and Diane Brentari. The relationship between early gestures and intonation. First Language, 28(2):141–1683, 2008.     Electronic access offsite icon

2008 — Petra Eccarius and Diane Brentari. Handshape coding made easier A theoretically based notation for phonological transcription. Sign Language & Linguistics, 11(1):69–101, 2008.     Electronic access offsite icon

2007 — Diane Brentari. Verbal and Signed Languages, Comparing Structures, Constructs and Methodologies, chapter: Sign language phonology: Issues of iconicity and universality, 59–80. Elena Pizzuto and Paola Pietrandrea and Raffaele Simone, 2007.     pdf pdf icon

2007 — Petra Eccarius and Diane Brentari. Symmetry and dominance: A cross-linguistic study of signs and classifier constructions. Lingua, 117(7):1169–1201, 2007.     Electronic access offsite icon

2006 — Diane Brentari. Papers in laboratory phonology, volume 8, chapter: Effects of language modality on word segmentation: An experimental study of phonological factors in a sign language, 155–164. Mouten de Gruyter, 2006.     pdf pdf icon

2005 — Diane Brentari. Representing handshapes in sign languages using morphological templates. Leuninger and Happ, page 145–177, 2005.

2004 — Elena Benedicto and Diane Brentari. Where did all the arguments go? Argument-changing properties of classifiers in ASL. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 22(4):743–810, 2004.     Electronic access offsite icon

2003 — Diane Brentari. Lexical Borrowing in American Sign Language. 2003. Forward to book by Robbin Battison.     pdf pdf icon

2003 — Karen Emmorey, Stephen McCullough, and Diane Brentari. Categorical perception in American Sign Language. Language and Cognitive Processes, 18(1):21–45, 2003.     Electronic access offsite icon

2002 — Diane Brentari and Laurinda Crossley. Prosody on the hands and face: Evidence from American Sign Language. Sign Language & Linguistics, 5(2):105–130, 2002.     Electronic access offsite icon

2002 — Diane Brentari. Modality and structure in signed and spoken languages, chapter: Modality differences in sign language phonology and morphophonemics, 35–64. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

2001 — Diane Brentari and Carol Padden. Foreign Vocabulary in Sign Language: A Crosslinguistic Investigation of Word Formation, chapter: A language with multiple origins: Native and foreign vocabulary in American Sign Language, 87–119. Lawrence Erlbaum, Mahwah, NJ, 2001.

2000 — Howard Poizner, Diane Brentari, Martha E. Tyrone, and Judy A. Kegl. The Structure of Language as Motor Behavior: Clues from Signers with Parkinson's Disease. The signs of language revisited: An anthology to honor Ursula Bellugi and Edward Klima, page 509–531, 2000.

1993 - 1999

1998 — Kathleen Baynes, Judy A. Kegl, Diane Brentari, Clifton Kussmaul, and Howard Poizner. Chronic Auditory Agnosia Following Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: A 23 Year Outcome Study. Brain and language, 63(3):381–425, 1998.     Electronic access offsite icon

1996 — Diane Brentari. Trilled movement: Phonetic realization and formal representation. Lingua, 98(1-3):43–71, 1996.

1995 — Diane Brentari, Howard Poizner, and Judy A. Kegl. Aphasic and Parkinsonian signing: differences in phonological disruption. Brain and Language, 48(1):69–105, 1995.     Electronic access offsite icon

1995 — Diane Brentari. The handbook of phonological theory, chapter: Sign language phonology: ASL, 615–639. Blackwell, 1995.

1994 — Diane Brentari. Prosodic constraints in American Sign Language: Evidence from fingerspelling and reduplication. In S. Gahl, A. Dolbey, and C. Johnson, editors, Proceedings from the 20th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistic Society, 103–112 1994.

1994 — Diane Brentari and Howard Poizner. A phonological analysis of a deaf Parkinsonian signer. Language and Cognitive Processes, 9(1):69–99, 1994.     Electronic access offsite icon

1993 — Diane Brentari. Establishing a sonority hierarchy in American Sign Language: The use of simultaneous structure in phonology. Phonology, 10(2):281–306, 1993.     Electronic access offsite icon