H.E. Morgan PhD (Hope)

Postdoc - Centre for Language Studies
Postdoc - Department of Language and Communication

H.E. Morgan PhD (Hope)
Visiting address

Erasmusplein 1

Postal address

Postbus 9103

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Radboud University in the Centre for Language Studies and Dept. of Language & Communication. My research primarily focuses on the systemic properties of sign language lexicons, guided by the following questions. How do signs emerge and take on categorical formational properties in relation to other signs in a lexicon (i.e., phonology and morphology)? How are those forms constrained by communicative and learnability pressures, such as confusability, frequency, articulatory ease, and phonological complexity? And how do meanings become encoded in form within a lexical network, at both the level of word meaning, as well as in the motivated sub-parts of words, including iconic motivations and metaphoric reference? The main language of my research is Kenyan Sign Language, though I have also worked on Israeli Sign Language.

I completed my PhD at the University of California San Diego in 2017, writing a phonological grammar of KSL. I held a post-doctoral research position at the University of Haifa in Israel from 2017-2019, and was a LEaDing Fellowship post-doc at Leiden University from 2019-2021.

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