Current Projects



The Role of Gesture in Learning

The goals of the project are to discover what gestures tell us about children's states of knowledge and to identify predictors of learning. [Collaboration with and supervision by Carol Padden and Susan Goldin-Meadow]

Language Emergence and Gesture
The goals of the project are to discover how new sign languages emerge and develop grammatical complexity. [Collaboration with and supervision by Carol Padden]

Sign Language Processing and Language Acquisition
The goals of the project are to discover how infants recognize and acquire language in the visual modality. [Collaboration with Rain Bosworth, Karen Dobkins, and David Corina]



Representative Papers and Presentations


Thesis:

Hwang, So-One. (2011). Windows into sensory integration and rates in language processing: Insights from signed and spoken languages. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park.

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Journal Publications:

Monner, Derek, Karen Vatz, Giovanna Morini, So-One Hwang, and Robert De Keyser.  (2013) A neural network model of the effects of entrenchment and memory development on grammatical gender learning. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(20), 246-265.

Hwang, So-One, Philip J. Monahan and William Idsardi. (2010) Underspecification and Asymmetries in Voicing Perception. Phonology  27(2): 205-224.


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Translational Research Publication:

Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2013, June). Different Ways of Thinking: The Importance of Gesture in Child Development. (Research Brief No.10). Washington, DC: So-One Hwang, Melissa Herzig, and Carol Padden.


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Conference Presentations:

Hwang, So-One, Sharon Seegers, Ryan Lepic, and Carol Padden. (accepted, 2014). Tools for language: Patterned iconicity in sign language nouns and verbs. Paper presentation at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Hwang, So-One, Desiree Hollifield, Sharon Seegers, and Carol Padden. (accepted, 2014). Phonological constraints on two-handed productions in sign-naive gesturers. Paper presentation at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Hwang, So-One, Stephanie Aguirre, and Rain G. Bosworth (2013). Biological attraction for natural language input in the visual modality. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.

Hwang, So-One, Clifton Langdon, Concetta Pucci, William Idsardi, and Gaurav Mathur. (2013). Temporal integration windows in sign language processing. Paper presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) 11 Conference, University College London, London, UK. [Selected for the Best Early Career Presentation Prize]

Hwang, So-One, Sharon Seegers, Carol Padden, and Susan Goldin-Meadow. (2013). The role of gesture in learning for signing children: Implications for sign language theory. Poster presented at the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) 11 Conference, University College London, London, UK.


Hwang, So-One, Philip J. Monahan, and William Idsardi. (2010). Sensory and Source Space Correlates of Prediction Violations in Phonological Processing. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.