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Richard P Meier

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

Richard P Meier

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Biography

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.

Interests

Psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and acquisition of American Sign Language

Publications

Meier, Richard P. 1981. Icons and morphemes: Models of the acquisition of verb agreement in ASL. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 20:92-99.

Meier, Richard P. 1982. Icons, Analogues, and Morphemes: The Acquisition of Verb Agreement in American Sign Language. Doctoral dissertation, Department of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego.
 
Meier, Richard P. 1984. Sign as creole. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7:201-202.
 
Newport, Elissa L., & Meier, Richard P. 1985. The acquisition of American Sign Language. In: The Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition. Volume 1: The Data, ed. by Dan I. Slobin. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 881-938. 
 
Meier, Richard P., & Bower, Gordon H. 1986. Semantic reference and phrasal grouping in the acquisition of a miniature phrase structure language. Journal of Memory and Language 25:492-505.
 
Morgan, James L., Meier, Richard P., & Newport, Elissa L. 1987. Structural packaging in the input to language learning: Contributions of intonational and morphological marking of phrases to the acquisition of language. Cognitive Psychology 19:498-550.
 
Meier, Richard P. 1987. Elicited imitation of verb agreement in American Sign Language: Iconically or morphologically determined? Journal of Memory and Language 26:362-376.
 
Morgan, James L., Meier, Richard P., & Newport, Elissa L. 1989. Facilitating the acquisition of syntax with cross-sentential cues to phrase structure. Journal of Memory and Language 28:360-374.
 
Meier, Richard P. 1990. Person deixis in American Sign Language. In: Susan D. Fischer & Patricia Siple (eds.), Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research. Vol. 1: Linguistics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 175-190.
 
Meier, Richard P., & Newport, Elissa L. 1990. Out of the hands of babes: On a possible sign advantage in language acquisition. Language 66:1-23.
 
Meier, Richard P. 1991. Language acquisition by deaf children. American Scientist 79:60-70. [My responses to letters to the editor generated by this paper were published in v. 79, May-June 1991, pp. 188-189 and in v. 79, Sept.-Oct 1991, pp. 389-390.]
 
Meier, Richard P. 1993. A psycholinguistic perspective on phonological segmentation in sign and speech. In: Geoffrey R. Coulter (ed.), Phonetics and Phonology. Vol. 3: Current Issues in American Sign Language Phonology. San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 169-188.
 
Meier, Richard P. 1993. Review of Biological and Behavioral Determinants of Language Development, ed. by N. A. Krasnegor, D. M. Rumbaugh, R. L. Sciefelbusch, & M. Studdert-Kennedy (Erlbaum, 1991). Contemporary Psychology 38:520-522.
 
Meier, Richard P. 1993. Review of Universal Grammar and American Sign Language by Diane C. Lillo-Martin (Kluwer, 1991). Language 69:142-147.
 
Meier, Richard P. 1994. Review of The Phonetics of Fingerspelling by Sherman Wilcox (John Benjamins, 1992). Language 70: 808-811.
 
Meier, Richard P. 1995. Review of The Language Instinct, by Steven Pinker (William Morrow, 1994). Language 71: 610-614.
 
Meier, Richard P., & Willerman, Raquel. 1995. Prelinguistic gesture in deaf and hearing children. In: Karen Emmorey & Judy Reilly (eds.), Language, Gesture, and Space. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 391-409.
 
Azuma, Shoji, & Meier, Richard P. 1997. Open class and closed class: Sentence-imitation experiments on intrasentential codeswitching. Applied Psycholinguistics 18: 257-276.
 
Meier, Richard P., McGarvin, Lynn, Zakia, Renée A. E., & Willerman, Raquel. 1997. Silent mandibular oscillations in vocal babbling. Phonetica 54: 153-171.
 
Cormier, Kearsy, Wechsler, Steven, & Meier, Richard P. 1998. Locus agreement in American Sign Language. In: Gert Webelhuth, Jean-Pierre Koenig, & Andreas Kathol (eds.), Lexical and Constructional Aspects of Linguistic Explanation. Stanford: CSLI Press, pp. 215-229.
 
Holzrichter, Amanda S., & Meier, Richard P. 1998. Fingerspelling. In: Paul Bouissac (ed.), Encyclopedia of Semiotics. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 245-246.
 
Holzrichter, Amanda S., & Meier, Richard P. 1998. Sign languages. In: Paul Bouissac (ed.), Encyclopedia of Semiotics. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 578-582.
 
Meier, Richard P., Mauk, Claude, Mirus, Gene, & Conlin, Kimberly E. 1998. Motoric constraints on early sign acquisition. In: Eve Clark (ed.), Papers and Reports in Child Language Development, v. 29. Stanford: CSLI Press, pp. 63-72.
 
Conlin, Kimberly E., Mirus, Gene, Mauk, Claude, & Meier, Richard P. 2000. Acquisition of first signs: Place, handshape, and movement. In: Charlene Chamberlain, Jill P. Morford, & Rachel Mayberry (eds.), Language Acquisition by Eye. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 51-69. 
 
Holzrichter, Amanda S., & Meier, Richard P. 2000. Child-directed signing in American Sign Language. In: Charlene Chamberlain, Jill P. Morford, & Rachel Mayberry (eds.), Language Acquisition by Eye. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 25-40. 
 
Meier, Richard P. 2000. Shared motoric factors in the acquisition of sign and speech. In: Karen Emmorey & Harlan Lane (eds.), The Signs of Language Revisited. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 331-354.
 
Meier, Richard P. 2000. Letter to editor: “Diminishing diversity of signed languages.” Science 288: 1965. (June 16, 2000)
 
Meier, Richard P. 2001. Review of Second Language Acquisition and the Critical Period Hypothesis, ed. by David Birdsong (Erlbaum, 1999). Journal of Child Language 28: 222-228.
 
Mirus, Gene R., Rathmann, Christian, & Meier, Richard P. 2001. Proximalization and distalization of sign movement in adult learners. In: Valerie L. Dively, Melanie Metzger, Sarah Taub, & Anne Marie Baer (eds.), Signed Languages: Discoveries from International Research. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, pp. 103-119.
 
Cheek, Adrianne, Cormier, Kearsy, Repp, Ann, & Meier, Richard P. 2001. Prelinguistic gesture predicts mastery and error in the production of first signs. Language 77: 292-323.
 
Meier, Richard P. 2002. The acquisition of verb agreement: Pointing out arguments for the linguistic status of agreement in signed languages. In: Gary Morgan & Bencie Woll (eds.), Directions in Sign Language Acquisition. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 115-141.
 
Meier, Richard P., Cheek, Adrianne, & Moreland, Christopher J. 2002. Iconic versus motoric determinants of the form of children's early signs. In: Barbora Skarabela, Sarah Fish, & Anna H.-J. Do (eds.), BUCLD 26: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, vol. 2, pp. 393-405. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. 
 
Currie, Anne-Marie, Meier, Richard P., & Walters, Keith. 2002. A crosslinguistic examination of the lexicons of four signed languages. In: Richard P. Meier, Kearsy Cormier, & David Q. Quinto-Pozos (eds.), Modality and Structure in Signed and Spoken Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 224-236. 
 
Meier, Richard P. 2002. Why different, why the same? Explaining effects and non-effects of modality upon linguistic structure in sign and speech. In: Richard P. Meier, Kearsy Cormier, & David Q. Quinto-Pozos (eds.), Modality and Structure in Signed and Spoken Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-25. ["Marketing Sample" containing pp. 1-20 available here under "Contents."]
 
Meier, Richard P., Cormier, Kearsy, & Quinto-Pozos, David G. (eds.). 2002. Modality and Structure in Signed and Spoken Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 480pp. [Paperback edition, published 2009.]
 
Meier, Richard P. 2006. The form of early signs: Explaining signing children’s articulatory development. In: Brenda Schick, Marc Marschark, & Patricia E. Spencer (eds.), Advances in the Sign Language Development of Deaf Children. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 202-230.
 
Meier, Richard P. 2006. Modality issues in signed and spoken language. In Brown, Keith (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd edition, v. 8: pp. 197-203. Oxford: Elsevier. 
 
Pizer, Ginger C., Keith Walters, & Richard P. Meier. 2007. Bringing up baby with baby signs: Language ideologies and socialization in hearing families. Sign Language Studies 7: 387-430.
 
Meier, Richard P. 2008. Channeling language. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 26: 451-466.
 
Meier, Richard P., Mauk, Claude, Cheek, Adrianne, & Moreland, Christopher J. 2008. The form of children’s early signs: Iconic or motoric determinants? Language Learning & Development 4: 63-98.
 
Pizer, Ginger C., Kathleen M. Shaw, & Richard P. Meier. 2008. Joint attention and child-directed signing in American Sign Language. In Harvey Chan, Enkeleida Kapia, & Heather Jacob (eds.), Boston University Conference on Language Development 32 (Nov. 2-4, 2007) Proceedings Supplement: http://www.bu.edu/bucld/proceedings/supplement/vol32/
 
Meier, Richard P. 2008. Modality and language acquisition: Resources & constraints in early sign learning. In: Ronice Müller de Quadros (ed.), Sign Languages: Spinning and Unraveling the Past, Present, and Future [Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research, Florianopolis, Brazil]. Petrópolis, Brazil: Editora Arara Azul, pp. 325-346.  [Download]
 
Pizer, Ginger, & Meier, Richard P. 2008. Child-directed signing in ASL and children’s development of joint attention. In: Ronice Müller de Quadros (ed.), Sign Languages: Spinning and Unraveling the Past, Present, and Future [Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research, Florianopolis, Brazil]. Petrópolis, Brazil: Editora Arara Azul, pp. 459-474. [Download]
 
Mauk, Claude, Lindblom, Björn, & Meier, Richard P. 2008. Undershoot of ASL locations in fast signing. In: Josep Quer (ed.), Signs of the Time: Selected Papers from TISLR 2004. Hamburg: Signum, pp. 3-23
 
Meier, Richard P., Aristar-Dry, Helen, & Destruel, Emilie (eds.). 2009. Text, Time, & Context: Selected Papers of Carlota S. Smith. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
 
Meier, Richard P. 2009. “Carlota S. Smith.” In: Harro Stammerjohann (ed.), Lexicon Grammaticorum: A Biobliographical Companion to the History of Linguistics. Tubingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag.
 
Meier, Richard P., & Lillo-Martin, Diane C. 2010. Does spatial make it special? On the grammar of pointing signs in American Sign Language. In: Donna B. Gerdts, John Moore, & Maria Polinsky (eds.), Hypothesis A/Hypothesis B: Linguistic Explorations in Honor of David M. Perlmutter. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 345-360.
 
Pizer, Ginger, Meier, Richard P., & Points, Kathleen S. 2011. Child-directed signing as a linguistic register. In: Rachel Channon & Harry van der Hulst (eds.), Formational Units in Signed Languages. Nijmegen/Berlin: Ishara Press/Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 65-83.
 
Lillo-Martin, Diane, & Meier, Richard P.  2011. On the linguistic status of ‘agreement’ in sign languages.  Theoretical Linguisitcs 37: 95-141. [This was a “target article” accompanied by 8 invited commentaries in the same issue of the journal. Also one commentary, along with our response, was published in the subsequent issue.]
 
Lillo-Martin, D., & Meier, Richard P. 2011. Response to commentaries: Gesture, language, and directionality.  Theoretical Linguistics 37: 235-246.
 
Meier, Richard P., & Lillo-Martin, Diane. 2012. Response: The apparent reorganization of gesture in the evolution of verb agreement in signed languages. Theoretical Linguistics 38: 153-157.
 
Meier, Richard P. 2012. Language and modality. In: Roland Pfau, Markus Steinbach, & Bencie Woll (eds.), Sign Language: An International Handbook (v. 37 of the Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 574-601.
 
Meier, Richard P. 2012. Review of Deaf Around the World: The Impact of Language, ed. by Gaurav Mathur & Donna Jo Napoli (Oxford University Press, 2011). Language 88: 436-439. doi: 10.1353/lan.2012.0044
 
Shield, Aaron, & Meier, Richard P.  2012. Palm reversal errors in native-signing children with autism. Journal of Communication Disorders 45: 439-454.
 
Kowalsky, Jilly, & Meier, Richard P.  2013. The sign INSTITUTE and its derivatives: A family of culturally-important signs. Sign Language Studies 13: 291-315. doi: 10.1353/sls.2013.0009
 
Pizer, Ginger, Walters, Keith, & Meier, Richard P. 2013. “We communicated that way for a reason”: Language practices and language ideologies among hearing adults whose parents are deaf. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 18: 75-92. 
 
Meier, Richard P., & Lillo-Martin, Diane. 2013. 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 24: 151-176.
 
Shield, Aaron, & Meier, Richard P. 2014. The acquisition of sign language by deaf children with autism. In: David Quinto-Pozos (ed.), Multilingual aspects of signed language communication and disorders. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, pp. 90-122.
 
Shield, Aaron & Meier, Richard P. 2014. Personal pronoun avoidance in deaf children with autism. In: Will Orman & Matthew J. Valleau (eds.), BUCLD 38: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, pp. 403-415. [Download]
 
Looney, Veronica, & Meier, Richard P. In press. Genie’s middle-finger points and signs: A case study. Gesture.
 
Shield, Aaron, Meier, Richard P., & Tager-Flusberg, Helen. In submission. The use of sign language pronouns by native-signing children with autism.
 
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