We are thrilled to announce the success of our graduate Sam Lutalo-Kiingi from Uganda, the first Deaf African to earn a doctorate in linguistics. His thesis is entitled ‘A Descriptive Grammar of Morphosyntactic Constructions in Ugandan Sign Language (UgSL)’, and is the first attempt at describing the morphosyntax of an African sign language, many of which are severely under-documented.
Using an inductive approach, a corpus-based methodology and extensive fieldwork in Uganda, Sam studied how UgSL signers construct utterances of morphosyntactic complexity. His findings include that UgSL has especially interesting ways of expressing negation and possession, as well as an unusually extensive pronominal system. As a native Deaf user of UgSL who is also fluent in several other sign languages, Sam also relied on introspection and his insider status among members of the Ugandan Deaf community, who were instrumental in providing data.
Great News. It is wonderful to see deaf people of color being successful.