Adjunct Professor

Professor James Woodward

Adjunct Professor

woody_cslds@cuhk.edu.hk

Publications

Professor James Woodward received his Ph.D. degree with distinction in sociolinguistics at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., completing his dissertation on grammatical variation in American sign language. From 1969 to 1995, he worked at Gallaudet University in various positions related to the linguistic and anthropological analyses of sign languages and Deaf cultures. From 1992 to 1995, he also taught linguistics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. From 1996 to 2000, he worked at Ratchasuda College, Mahidol University at Salaya, Thailand as director of research and as local director of the World Deaf Leadership Thailand Project. In 2000, he moved to Viet Nam where he became director of the project "Opening University Education to Deaf People in Viet Nam” at the Dong Nai Provincial Department of Education and Training. Since 2004, he has also been an honorary adjunct professor in the department of linguistics and modern languages and co-director of the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies at CUHK. He has published research on sign language sociolinguistics, universal and unique characteristics of sign languages, historical-comparative relationships of sign languages, and deaf education. His current research interests include historical-comparative relationships of sign languages and the description and documentation of endangered sign languages.