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Richard P Meier

Professor Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Professor and Department of Linguistics Chair
Richard P Meier


  • Phone: (512) 471-1701
  • Office: SEA 1.206 (A, C-D)
  • Office Hours: Monday 1:00-3:00; Tuesday 10:30-12:00 and by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: B5100


Richard P. Meier was educated at the University of Chicago (B.A., Anthropology, 1973), Washington University (M.A., Anthropology, 1975), and the University of California San Diego (Ph.D., Linguistics, 1982). His postdoctoral work at Illinois and Stanford was in Psychology. His research is inspired by the fact that there are two modalities, or transmission channels, available to human languages: the visual-gestural modality of sign and the oral-aural modality of speech. His publications examine the linguistics of signed languages and their acquisition by deaf children. He seeks insights into the ways in which linguistic organization and child language development are (or are not) shaped by the modality in which a particular language is produced and perceived.


Psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and acquisition of American Sign Language


Meier, Richard P., & Lillo-Martin, Diane. In press. The points of language. In: POINTING – Where embodied cognition meets the symbolic mind. Special issue (ed. by Massimiliano L. Cappuccio) of Humana.Mente – Journal of Philosophical Studies.

Meier, R.P., Aristar-Dry, H., & Destruel, E., eds. (2009). Text, Time, & Context: Selected Papers of Carlota S. Smith. Dordrecht: Springer.

Meier, R.P., Mauk, C., Cheek, A. & Moreland, C.J. (2008). The form of children's early signs: Iconic or Motoric Determinants? Language Learning & Development, 4, 63-98.

Pizer, G.C., Walters, K., & Meier, R. P. (2007). Bringing up baby with baby signs: Language ideologies and socialization in hearing families. Sign Language Studies, 7, 387-430.

Meier, R.P. (2006). The form of early signs: Explaining signing children's articulatory development. In B. Schick, M. Marschark & P.E. Spencer (Eds.), Advances in the Sign Language Development of Deaf Children (pp.202-230). New York: Oxford University Press.

Meier, R.P. (2002). The acquisition of verb agreement: Pointing out arguments for the linguistic status of verb agreement in signed languages. In G. Morgan & B. Woll (Eds.), Directions in Sign Language Acquisition (pp.115-141). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Meier, R. (2002). Why different, why the same? Explaining effects and non-effects of modality upon linguistic structure in sign and speech. In R.P. Meier, K. Cormier & D.Q. Quinto-Pozos (Eds.), Modality and Structure in Signed and Spoken Languages (pp.1-25). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Meier, R.P., Quinto-Pozos, D. & Cormier, K. eds. (2002). Modality and Structure in Signed and Spoken Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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