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Ms. Sarah Sheridan
Assistant Professor, C.L.C.S.
Assistant Professor, Centre for Deaf Studies


Ms. Sarah Sheridan is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Deaf Studies. She is also an active Irish Sign Language/English Interpreter and is a current board member of the Irish Sign Language Interpreting Service. Her primary research is on second language learning, which is connected to her PhD studies in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. This research also relates to her work on the Sign Language Acquisition Corpus - a cross-linguistic collaboration with Stockholm University. In addition, she has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies in TCD and has a keen interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning and intercultural studies.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Use of Corpora in L1/L2/Ln Sign Language Pedagogy in, editor(s)Rosen, Russell , Routledge Handbook of Sign Language Pedagogy, London , Routledge, 2019, [Leeson, Lorraine, Jordan Fenlon, Johanna Mesch, Sarah Sheridan and Carmel Grehan] Book Chapter, 2019

Leeson, Lorraine and Sarah Sheridan (with Katie Cannon, Helen Newman, Tina Murphy and Heidi Veldheer) , Hands in Motion: Learning to Fingerspell in Irish Sign Language , International Corpus Linguistics Conference 2019, Cardiff, Wales, 22-26 July 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Sign Language Interpreting , Baker, Mona and Gabriela Saldanha, Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, London , Taylor and Francis, 2019, [Leeson, Lorraine and Sarah Sheridan] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2019

Sarah Sheridan, Composing L2/M2 Self and Performances: A grounded theory study of adult sign language learners, Irish Deaf Research Network, Irish Deaf Research Conference 2018, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, 09/11/2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Sarah Sheridan , Exposure Anxiety - the case of sign language learners, The third international Psychology of Language Learning conference (PLL3), Tokyo, Japan, June 7-10, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Sarah Sheridan , PhD Troubleshootee Presentation, Grounded Theory Troubleshooting Seminar, Grounded Theory Institute, Mill Valley, California, 21-23 June, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Sarah Sheridan , PhD Troubleshootee Presentation, Dec 8th & 9th, Grounded Theory Troubleshooting Seminar, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, 8-9th Dec, edited by Grounded Theory Online , 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Sarah Sheridan , Thesis in Three - L2/M2 Acquisition, EUROMEC Summer School, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, 10 - 13 July, 2017, edited by Jean Monnet Network , 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Sarah Sheridan , The New Signer: L2/M2 Sign Language Acquisition, 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism Conference , University of Limerick, Ireland, 11 - 15 June, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Sarah Sheridan, 'Grounded Theory: Using it to your advantage as a research student', School of Education , Trinity College Dublin, 2016, - Fieldwork collection, 2016

Sarah Sheridan, Lorraine Leeson, What it takes to be a second language learner with a goal on becoming an interpreter, 5th Community Interpreting Conference, University of Limerick, 20th May, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Sarah Sheridan, Staying Grounded - An example of how grounded theory methods have been applied to L2-M2 research, IRAAL Annual Conference, Paradigm shifting in Applied Linguistics: New theories and new methods, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, 19th November, 2016, edited by Irish Association for Applied Linguistics , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Sarah Sheridan, 'Grounded Theory Workshop ', School of Nursing and Midwifery, Winter Research School, Trinity College Dublin , 2016, - Fieldwork collection, 2016

Sarah Sheridan, Sign Language Learning:user experiences, Thesis-in-3, Trinity Long Room Hub, 11th May, 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Sarah Sheridan, Patrick A. Matthews and Lorraine Leeson, Uncharted Territory - Exploring L2/M2 Sign Language Acquisition using Corpus Data, IRAAL 40th Anniversary Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 21 November 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Patrick A. Matthews, Sarah Sheridan, Digging into Signs - Irish Sign Language, Digging into Signs Workshop: Developing Annotation Standards for Sign Language Corpora, University College London, 31st March, 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Matthews, P.A., Sheridan, S. and Leeson, L., 'Sign Language Acquisition Corpus (SLAC) - ISL', Sign Language Acquisition Corpus (SLAC), Trinity College Dublin, 2015, - Digital research resource production, 2015

Sarah Sheridan, 'Grounded Theory Working Seminar', Grounded Theory Online: Supporting Grounded Theory Researchers, Middle Temple Hall, London, 2015, - Fieldwork collection, 2015

Haaris Sheikh, Lorraine Leeson, Ellen Lennon-Bowman and Sarah Sheridan, Medisigns, 1-2 March 2013, In:Medisigns, 2013, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2013

Lourdes Calle, Lorraine Leeson, Sarah Sheridan, Ellen Lennon-Bowman and Haaris Sheikh, efsli Working Seminar -III, 27-28 February 2013, In:efsli Working Seminar -III, 2013, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2013

Sarah Sheridan, Translating Idiomatic Expressions from English to ISL: Theory and Practice, The Sign Language Translator and Interpreter, 3, (1), 2009, p69 - 83 Journal Article, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

SUPERVISED: Caroline McGrotty, Quality of Irish Sign Language Interpretation in Higher Education in Ireland., Trinity College Dublin , 2016 Thesis, 2016

CO-SUPERVISING: Ploss, Jessica, Bimodal Language Learning: Reflections on the effects of learning more than one sign language, Trinity College Dublin, 2016 Thesis, 2016

Sarah Sheridan, Amanda Mohan , ISL/English Interpreting in Ireland, SIGNALL 3 Seminar: Lecturer & Student Presentations , KU Leuven, Antwerp, Belgium, 1st March, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Sign Language Acquisition Corpus
  • Date From
    • September 2013
  • Date To
    • Present


Deaf Studies; Intercultural Studies; Irish Sign Language; Second language acquisition; sign language interpreting; signed language teaching and learning; SOCIOLINGUISTICS; Teaching and learning



Board Member - Sign Language Interpreting Service 2013 - 2016

Awards and Honours

Special Commendation, Thesis in Three, EUROMEC SUMMER SCHOOL, Trinity College Dublin 2017


Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters 2011 – Present

European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters 2012 – Present

Irish Association of Applied Linguistics 2015 – Present