Diane Brentari, Ph.D.
Phone: (765) 494-9883
Highest Degree: Ph.D, University of Chicago, 1990
(see also Graduate Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics)
Diane Brentari is the director of the American Sign Language (ASL) program. She has taught at Purdue since 1997. She previously taught at the University of California at Davis and at Gallaudet University. Her teaching responsibilities include phonology, as well as courses in the ASL program. Her current research interests are in the areas of phonology, morphology, and sign languages. She has developed a model of phonological structure of sign, and has worked on the architecture of the sign language lexicon. She is currently collaborating with researchers working on the sign languages of Europe and Asia to address questions concerning sign language structure cross-linguistically, as well as the relationship between gesture, homesign systems and sign languages.