Jenny Webster

Jenny Webster

research associate

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Harrington Building, HA217

+44 (0) 1772 89 5457

jmbwebster@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Deaf Studies and Sign Languages

Jenny has been providing language support and editorial assistance at iSLanDS since 2007, and has worked with deaf students at UCLan since 2001. Her research at iSLanDS focuses on endangered sign languages, sign multilingualism, and deaf literacy.

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Jenny’s research areas are sign language endangerment, sign multilingualism, and deaf literacy.

In addition to her research role, Jenny works with deaf students as a language support tutor and BSL/English translator. She is also a Stagetext-qualified theatre captioner. She worked as an electronic notetaker for many years, during which she taught electronic notetaking courses and was a founding member of the Association of Notetaking Professionals (ANP) and the beta-tester for UCLan’s NoteED electronic notetaking software. She has a BA (hons) Journalism degree (UCLan, 2003), an MA in English Language with distinction (Lancaster University, 2007), and a Postgraduate Diploma in BSL/English Interpreting and Translation (UCLan, 2015).

Projects
Memberships
  • Association of Notetaking Professionals (ANP)
  • Association of Sign Language Interpreters (ASLI)

Publications

Webster, Jenny & Josefina Safar (forthcoming 2020) Ideologies behind the scoring of factors to rate sign language vitality. Language & Communication, Special Issue on Ideologies in Sign Language Vitality and Revitalisation, edited by Maartje De Meulder & Kristin Snoddon. 

Webster, Jenny & Josefina Safar (2019) Scoring sign language vitality: Adapting a spoken language survey to target the endangerment factors affecting sign languages. Language Documentation & Conservation 13: 346-383.

Webster, Jenny, Kang-Suk Byun, Sibaji Panda, & Anastasia Bradford (2019). Methodological innovations in sign multilingualism research. In Ulrike Zeshan & Jenny Webster (eds.), Sign multilingualism (pp. 227-257). Sign Language Typology Series No. 7. Lancaster: Ishara Press & Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Adamou, Evangelia, Onno Crasborn, Jenny Webster, & Ulrike Zeshan (2019). Forces shaping sign multilingualism. In Ulrike Zeshan & Jenny Webster (eds.), Sign multilingualism (pp. 1-21). Sign Language Typology Series No. 7. Lancaster: Ishara Press & Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Zeshan, Ulrike & Jenny Webster, eds. (2019). Sign multilingualism. Sign Language Typology Series No. 7. Lancaster: Ishara Press & Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Zeshan, Ulrike, H.R. Fan, Julia Gillen, Sibaji Panda, Uta Papen, Karin Tusting, Daniel Waller, & Jenny Webster (2016). Summary report on ‘Literacy development with deaf communities using sign language, peer tuition, and learner-generated online content: Sustainable educational innovation’. iSLanDS’s blog.

Safar, Josefina & Jenny Webster (2014). Cataloguing endangered sign languages at iSLanDS. iSLanDS’s blog.

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