About the Lab

The UConn Sign Linguistics and Language Acquisition Laboratory is directed by Diane Lillo-Martin. Our research explores human language acquisition with a focus on sign linguistics.

We have many ongoing projects both exclusively, and in collaboration with other labs. Please browse our current research and other lab information using the tabs at the top of the page.

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Our Research Focus

What makes the human mind ready for language? Our lab addresses this question from a variety of angles.

We know there are thousands of languages around the world with many notable differences between them. Yet, there are significant similarities among the world’s languages known as universals. These universals are a fascinating component of linguistic research.

Most knowledge about the universals of language comes from studying spoken languages, but sign languages must be considered as well, in order to have a complete picture of the true universal properties of language. In some cases, sign languages show the effects of proposed linguistic universals; but there are also differences between spoken and sign languages which must be taken seriously.

Our research often addresses these major questions by investigating the timecourse of language development by young children.


  • University of Connecticut
  • Department of Linguistics
  • 365 Fairfield Way, Unit 1145
  • Storrs, CT 06269-1145
  • Lab address: Oak Hall Room 372

  • Lab Manager: Lee Prunier
  • lee.prunier( at )uconn.edu
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Coming soon: ASL SignBank!


  • Lab Website Launched
    Welcome to our new website for the SLLA lab! We’re excited to share our content and updates with you!
  • Workshop on ASL Research Resources
    A workshop on ASL Research Resources will be held during the Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute in Lexington, Kentucky. The workshop will include information about the lab’s work on the SLAAASh project, including the forthcoming (soon!) ASL SignBank. See the Workshop page for more info!

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