Marie Coppola

Associate Professor & DEV Program Head

Joint appointment in the Department of Linguistics


Degree: Ph.D., 2002, University of Rochester
Webpages: languagecreationlab.uconn.edu  slam.uconn.edu signsandsmiles.org
Research Interests: Language emergence, homesign, cognitive development, number cognition, sign language structure, language acquisition
Research Synopsis: Dr. Coppola studies language acquisition and language creation as well as the relationship between language and cognition, as revealed by D/deaf individuals who vary in their experience with language. She is particularly interested in how early exposure to language fosters typical development in social cognition and numerical cognition.
Courses:
  • PSYC 2400 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 3470 Modality Issues in Development (Current Topics in Developmental Psychology)
  • PSYC 5440 Development of Language
  • PSYC 5441 Language Modality, Neural Plasticity, and Development
Recent publications: Gagne, D. & Coppola, M. (2020). pdf Literacy in Emerging Sign Language Communities: The Impact of Social, Political, and Educational Resources. The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Literacy. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197508268.013.25

Russell, R., M.L. Hall, P. Whan Cho, & M. Coppola. (2020). pdf Converging evidence: Network structure effects on conventionalization of gestural referring expressions. Language Dynamics and Change10, 259-290. DOI: 10.1163/22105832-bja10008

Abner, N., M. Flaherty, K. Stangl, M. Coppola, D. Brentari, & S. Goldin-Meadow. (2019).pdf. The noun-verb distinction in established and emergent sign systems. Language, 95(2), 230-267. DOI: 10.1353/lan.2019.0030 *Awarded Best Paper in Language, 2019

 

Representative Publications: Coppola, M. and D. Brentari. (2014). From iconic handshapes to grammatical contrasts: Longitudinal evidence from a child homesigner. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 830. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00830. Also published as an E-book: Language by mouth and by hand.

 

Coppola, M., E. Spaepen, and S. Goldin-Meadow. (2013). Communicating about number without a language model: Number devices in homesign grammar. Cognitive Psychology, 67: 1-25. doi: 10.1016:j.cogpsych. 2013.05.003

 

Coppola, M. and A. Senghas. (2010). Deixis in an emerging sign language. In Sign Languages: A Cambridge Language Survey, 543-569. D. Brentari, ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

 

Coppola, M. and E. L. Newport. (2005). Grammatical Subjects in home sign: Abstract linguistic structure in adult primary gesture systems without linguistic input. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102(52): 19249-19253. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0509306102

Professional Activities:  Sign Language Typology Book Series, Editors: Coppola, M., Crasborn, O., and U. Zeshan, Berlin: DeGruyter Mouton. http://www.degruyter.com/view/serial/179904

 

Research Funding:

 

NSF (Education and Human Resources, Linguistics) 1553589 œCAREER: The impact of language experience on the development of number representations in deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children 2016-2021

 

Honors/Awards:

 

Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), 2019

American Association of University Professors, UConn Chapter Excellence in Research and Creativity Early Career Award, 2016

 

 

Contact Information
Emailmarie.coppola@uconn.edu
Phone860.486.4907
Mailing AddressUnit 1020
Office LocationBousfield 139