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Irit Meir

University of Haifa

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Irit Meir is an associate professor in the Department of Hebrew Language and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the University of Haifa, and the associate director of the Sign Language Research Lab. Her research interests include sign language linguistics, focusing on morpho-syntax and argument structure, modality effects on linguistic structure with a special focus on iconicity and its interaction with grammar. She also studies morphology, syntax and language change in Modern Hebrew. More recently, she turned into investigating language emergence in new sign languages and the interaction between the linguistic structure of language and the socio-linguistic context in which it develops. Meir has co-authored the book A Language in Space: The Story of Israeli Sign Language co-authored with Wendy Sandler (Hebrew version: University of Haifa Press; English version: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates/Taylor Francis), and co-edited the book Nit'ey Ilan: Studies in Hebrew and its sister languages in honor of Ilan Eldar. Jerusalem: Carmel with Moshe Bar-Asher.