Lecture The Signing Brain: What Sign Languages Reveal about Human Language and the Brain

Open to the Public


Time 6:00-7:30pm

Location 19 Washington Square North, New York

Sign languages are understood by the eye rather than by the ear and are produced by the hands rather than by the tongue. Are the same key brain areas involved in producing and comprehending spoken and signed languages? Does the brain distinguish between pantomimes and signs? The “yes” answers to these questions show that the human brain is designed for linguistic functions, regardless of the sensory-motor properties of the language.

In collaboration with the Neuroscience of Language Laboratory, NYUAD 
Alec Marantz, Principal Investigator and Professor of Linguistics and Psychology, NYUNY


Karen Emmorey Distinguished Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, San Diego State University