JEAN ANN is an Assistant Professor at SUNY, Oswego. She teaches in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Program in Linguistics. Her recent publications include joint work on sign languages (Ann and Peng, 2000) and spoken languages (Peng and Ann, 2001).
BEN BAHAN is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Deaf Studies Department at Gallaudet University. Ben is a deaf son of deaf parents who grew up in New Jersey. He attended and graduated from a residential school in West Trenton, NJ: Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf. He then went on to Gallaudet University and furthered his education at Boston University where he earned an M. A. in Deaf Education and a Ph. D. in Applied Linguistics. Today he is a renowned American Sign Language (ASL) storyteller, linguist, researcher, author and presenter on issues related to ASL and Deaf Studies. Ben has produced a number of videotapes and books. Most recently he co-authored The Syntax of American Sign Language (Neidle et al., 2000).
ROBERT BAYLEY is an Associate Professor of sociolinguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His publications include Second Language Acquisition and Linguistic Variation (Bayley and Preston, 1996), Sociolinguistic Variation in American Sign Language (Lucas et al., 2001) and numerous articles on sociolinguistics and second language acquisition.
SARAH BURNS is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist at Lucena Clinic, Dublin, Ireland and co-coordinator of the Fulbright Scholarship in Deaf Studies. She graduated with a B. Sc. (1991) and M. Sc. (1995) from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and spent one year (1996–97) at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC as a Fulbright Scholar. She previously lectured at the School of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Trinity College. Areas of special interest include sociolinguistics of Deaf communities (attitudes and language planning) and bilingual–bicultural models of education for deaf children. Previous publications include: Irish Sign Language: Ireland's second minority language (Burns, 1998).