Donna Jo Napoli to Teach in U.K. as
Leverhulme Visiting Professor
by Michael Lott
Professor of Linguistics Donna Jo Napoli has been awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, which will allow her to teach this semester at the University of Newcastle, England. At Newcastle, Napoli will give a course in Linguistics and two research seminars in addition to a lecturer series in Cognitive Science. She has also been invited to give lectures at other institutions, including Oxford University and Cambridge University.
Napoli's current research focuses on sign language linguistics, which led to her most recent book, Humour in Sign Languages: The Linguistic Underpinnings (2009, co-authored with Rachel Sutton-Spence). She is also the award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults. In that context, she will be also be teaching a workshop at the University of Newcastle on writing for children.
The Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, awarded by the Leverhulme Trust, is meant to enable distinguished academics to spend three to ten months teaching at a university in the United Kingdom.