Updates and Upcoming

Moving to Chicago this Spring!

I'm very pleased to announce that I've started a three-year post-doc in the Goldin-Meadow Laboratory at the University of Chicago. I'll be contributing to the lab's on-going research on the role of gesture in math learning.

Sign Language and Linguistics 19(1) now available!

Our paper, "Taking meaning in hand: Iconic motivations in two-handed signs", has been published! We won the Sign Language Linguistics Society's "Best Student Poster" prize when we presented this work at TISLR 2013. We argue that two-handed signs exhibit common types of iconic motivation, cross-linguistically.

Teaching in 2017

I'm teaching "Introduction to the Study of Language" and "Sign Language and its Culture" in UC San Diego's Linguistics Department this quarter, Winter 2017. I'm also team-teaching "Sign Language Linguistics" with Carol Padden at the 2017 Linguistic Institute at the University of Kentucky this Summer.

Research Interests and Selected Publications

I'm a linguist interested in language variation and change, and my areas of specialization are morphology, sign language structure, and construction grammar.

Morphology is the study of systematic relationships among the words of any human language, including the co-variation of form and meaning that can be observed among the signs of sign languages. I study the emergence, organization, and extension of these patterned relationships:

Lepic, Ryan, Carl Börstell, Gal Belsitzman, and Wendy Sandler. (2016). Taking meaning in hand: Iconic motivations in two-handed signs. Sign Language and Linguistics, 19(1), 37-81. [link to publisher]

Lepic, Ryan. (2016). Lexical blends and lexical patterns in English and in American Sign Language. Online Proceedings of the 10th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting. [link to proceedings] [download paper]

Namboodiripad, Savithry, Daniel Lenzen, Ryan Lepic, and Tessa Verhoef. (2016). Measuring conventionalization in the manual modality. The Journal of Language Evolution 1(2), 109-118. [link to publisher] [download paper]

Lepic, Ryan. (2016). The great ASL compound hoax. Proceedings of the 11th High Desert Linguistics Society Conference. [link to proceedings] [download paper]

Lepic, Ryan. (2015). Motivation in morphology: Lexical patterns in ASL and English (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. [link to publisher] [download dissertation]

If you've made it this far and are looking for more, you might also want to check out my references on my Google Scholar profile!


Sign Language and its Culture. Taught Winter 2017 at UC San Diego

Sign languages hold important lessons for linguistics. This class provides an introduction to the linguistics of American Sign Language as well as the history and culture of the community it belongs to.

Introduction to the Study of Language. Taught Winter 2016, Fall 2016, and Winter 2017 at UC San Diego.

Linguists study language scientifically. This class teaches how to challenge misconceptions about linguistics and about individual languages, and how to describe real-world language data using standard linguistic techniques.

Morphology. Taught Spring 2016 at UC San Diego.

Morphology is the study of word-internal structure. This class focuses on how to analyze morphologial patterns in a diverse sample of languages, and how to contrast competing theoretical perspectives on morphological analysis.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships at UC San Diego.

I was a TA in Sixth College's Culture, Art, and Technology writing program (2008-2010). I was a TA for a number of Linguistics courses, including Syntax, Sociolinguistics, and Languages and Cultures of America (2010-2015). I was also the TA mentor for the Warren College Freshman Year Experience program (2014-2016).

Get in Touch

If you'd like to contact me, please email my first initial (r) and last name (lepic) at ucsd dot edu. Otherwise, you can check out my web presence at the following links:

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