Dr Hannah Sowden


I am psycholinguist, primarily interested in the development of language in both typical and atypical children.  My PhD considered the co-development of speech and gesture in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

My current research interests include the role gesture has in facilitating comprehension in young children; gestural and language processing, particularly in the context of a second language, and the role of gesture as a compensatory strategy in atypical populations such as children with Specific Language Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics


  • PhD in Clinical Linguistics (University of Sheffield)
  • MA in Language Studies (Lancaster University)
  • BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics (Durham University)