Publications to date

Journal Articles

Brentari, D., Hill, J., & Amador, B. (2018). Variation in phrasal rhythm in sign languages: introducing “rhythm ratio”. Sign Language & Linguistics, 21(1), 41–76.

Hill, J. (2017). The importance of sociolinguistics of the socio-historical context: The case of Black ASL. Sign Language Studies, 18(1), 41–57.

Hill, J., & Mccaskill, C. (2016). Reflections on the Black ASL Project. Sign Language Studies, 17(1), 59–63.

Lucas, C., Bayley, R., McCaskill, C., & Hill, J. (2015). The intersection of African American English and Black American Sign Language. International Journal of Bilingualism, 19(2), 156–168.


Hill, J., Lillo-Martin, D., & Wood, S. (2019). Sign Languages: Structures and Contexts (1st Edition). New York: Routledge. Catalog:

Hill, J. (2012). Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. Catalog:

McCaskill, C., Lucas, C., Bayley, R., & Hill, J. (2011). The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press. Catalog:

Book Chapters

Bayley, R., Hill, J., Lucas, C., & McCaskill, C. (2018). Perceptions of Black American Sign Language. In B. E. Evans, E. J. Benson, & J. N. Stanford (Eds.), Language Regard: Methods, Variation and Change (pp. 167–182). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hill, J. (2013). Language ideologies, policies, and attitudes toward signed languages. In R. Bayley, R. Cameron, & C. Lucas (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sociolingusitics (pp. 680–697). Oxfofrd: Oxford University Press.

Hill, J. (2013). Special issues in collecting interview data for sign language projects. In C. Mallinson, B. Childs, & G. Van Herk (Eds.), Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (pp. 110–113). New York: Routledge.

Hill, J. (2015). Data Collections in Sociolinguistics. In E. Orfanidou, B. Woll, & G. Morgan (Eds.), Research Methods in Sign Language Studies: Practical Guide (pp. 193–206). Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Hill, J. (2015). Language attitudes in Deaf communities. In A. C. Schembri & C. Lucas (Eds.), Sociolinguistics and Deaf Communities (pp. 146–174). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hill, J., McCaskill, C., Bayley, R., & Lucas, C. (2015). The Black ASL (American Sign Language) Project. In S. Lanehart (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of African American Language (pp. 316–337). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kurz, K., & Hill, J. (2018). The heart of interpreting from Deaf perspectives. In T. K. Holcomb & D. H. Smith (Eds.), Deaf Eyes on Interpreting (pp. 58–76). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

Lucas, C., Bayley, R., Hill, J., & McCaskill, C. (forthcoming). The sociolinguistic ramifications of social injustice: the case of Black ASL. In R. Blake & I. Buchstaller (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to John Rickford. Routledge.

Lucas, C., McCaskill, C., Bayley, R., & Hill, J. (2015). Sociolinguistics: Black ASL. In P. Boudreault & G. Gertz (Eds.), Sage Deaf Studies Encyclopedia (pp. 900–903). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

McCaskill, C., Lucas, C., Bayley, R., & Hill, J. (2016). Citizenship and education: The case of the Black Deaf community. In B. H. Greenwald & J. Murray (Eds.), In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970 (pp. 40–60). Gallaudet University Press: Gallaudet University Press.

Conference Proceedings

Bayley, R., Hill, J., Lucas, C., & McCaskill, C. (2017). Attitudes towards Black American Sign Language. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 23(2). Retrieved from

Coyne, D., & Hill, J. (2017). Infusing social justice into interpreting education. In CIT 2016 Conference Proceedings. Conference of Interpreter Trainers. Retrieved from


Hill, J. (2016). Sign language dialects in North Carolina. North Carolina Junior Historian Magazine, 55(2), 24–26. Retrieved from

Hill, J. (2018, May 14). Joseph Hill, Assistant Professor. Discourse: The Power of Language and Communication, (48), 44–48. Retrieved from