Ted Supalla, PhD

Professor, Neurology, Linguistics, and Psychology
Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery
Director, Sign Language Research Lab


  • Ph.D. (1982) University of California, San Diego, Psychology

Dr. Ted Supalla’s research centers on sign language in its developmental and global context. This has included studies of American Sign Language acquisition and processing, and the evolution and structure of homesign, international pidgin sign and signed languages of the world. Dr. Supalla is the author, with Patricia Clark, of the text: Sign language Archaeology: Understanding the History of American Sign Language, published in 2015 by Gallaudet University Press. He is also the PI on the NSF-funded grant: Language Variation and Historical Change in Sign Languages.