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Hello there!

My name is Shai ('shy') Nielson and I am a Linguistics and Cognitive Science joint PhD Candidate at the UC San Diego. Broadly, I am interested in sign language linguistics from psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic perspectives. My main focus is on the effects of late first language acquisition on phonological processing in American Sign Language. I am also doing work in cross-linguistic sign language phonological typology. If you would like to learn more, please check out my research page

Outside of research, I am a strong advocate for equitable and student-centered education and am the co-facilitator for the Anti-Racist and Inclusive Linguistics Pedagogy Learning Community in my department. You can find out more on my teaching page.

You can also look at my CV, find out how to reach me, and see what I've been up to lately (see Announcements below).


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