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Oksana Tkachman

PhD Candidate

Linguistics

Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Oksana is a PhD student in the Linguistics department, who is interested in language evolution and non-linguistic constraints on human communication. To investigate these issues, she studies natural sign languages of the Deaf and co-speech gesture of hearing speakers. More recently she has been focusing on the role of iconicity and information structure in multimodal communication, reference in language and gesture, and phonetic properties of signs and their consequences for sign phonology and semantics.

Research Interests

Language evolution and non-linguistic constraints on human communication: natural sign languages of the Deaf and co-speech gesture of hearing speakers; the role of iconicity and information structure in multimodal communication; reference in language and gesture; phonetic properties of signs and their consequences for sign phonology and semantics.