Professor Bencie Woll holds the Chair in Sign Language and Deaf Studies at UCL. Her research and teaching interests embrace a wide range of topics related to sign language.
These include the linguistics of British Sign Language (BSL) and other sign languages, the history and sociolinguistics of BSL and the Deaf community, the development of BSL in young children, and sign language and the brain. In recent years, she has begun to look specifically at acquired and developmental sign language impairments.
She co-authored Sign Language: the study of Deaf People and their Language with Jim Kyle, and The Linguistics of BSL: an Introduction with Rachel Sutton-Spence, which was the winner of the 1999 Deaf Nation Award and 2000 British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Prize.