Johanna Mesch, Professor of Swedish Sign Language. Photo: F Lacerda

Johanna Mesch is deaf, scientific head of the Sign Language Section at the Department of Linguistics, and now also the first deaf professor in Sweden and in the Nordic countries.

In 1998, Johanna Mesch defended her doctoral thesis Tactile Sign Language – turn-taking and questions in signed conversations of deaf-blind people. Her research expertise in the field of tactile sign language communication among people with deaf-blindness has been in high demand. Some additional research interests are cross linguistic comparisons of signed languages.

Sign Language Corpora

Between 2009 and 2011, Johanna Mesch was principal investigator  for the research project Corpus for the Swedish Sign Language, a three-year project financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RJ.

Johanna Mesch is currently involved in a three-year research project, TATE - From Speech to Sign - to learn Swedish Sign Language as a second language (2017-2019), together with Krister Schönström. She also teaches Swedish Sign Language (linguistics).