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. (1); (2)

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. (2021, June 30). Deaf Role Model of the Month: Dr. Joseph Hill.

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

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