Ben has been at Queen Margaret, with some gaps, since 1997. He has a BSc(Hons) undergraduate degree in general linguistics and studied romance linguistics and literature in Barcelona, focusing on bilingualism and identity. He gained a PhD in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Queen Margaret University in 2001 with a topic titled, “On variability and the acquisition of vowels in normally developing Scottish infants (18 – 36 months).” Following on from this, he began learning British Sign Language and was immersed in Deaf culture while working at Deaf Action as a communication support worker and office assistant. Since then, he has continued with communication support work and completed the Heriot Watt course in BSL/English Interpreting Studies and Skills.
In conjunction with Deaf visiting lecturers, he has taught classes on language acquisition, Deaf culture, sign linguistics, and phonetics. He has supervised various honours projects on subjects ranging from dyslexia to lipreading.
His current research interests are literacy practices in a cultural context. Recently he has presented a paper at the British Association of Applied Linguistics conference and given an invited talk to the linguistics department at Bangor University
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