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)



Number of items: 4.


Sowden, H., Clegg, J. and Perkins, M.R. (2013) The development of co-speech gesture in the communication of children with autism spectrum disorders. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 27(12), pp. 922-939. ISSN (print) 0269-9206

Howard, S., Perkins, M. R and Sowden, H. (2012) Idiosyncratic gesture use in atypical language development, and its interaction with speech rhythm, word juncture, syntax, pragmatics and discourse: a case study. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 26(10), pp. 882-907. ISSN (print) 0269-9206

Sowden, H., Perkins, M. and Clegg, J. (2011) Context and communication strategies in naturalistic behavioural intervention: a framework for understanding how practitioners facilitate communication in children with ASD. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 27(1), pp. 21-38. ISSN (print) 0265-6590

Book Section

Sowden, H., Perkins, M.R. and Clegg, J. (2011) The changing role of gesture form and function in a picture book interaction between a child with autism and his support teacher. In: Stam, G. and Ishino, M., (eds.) Integrating gestures: the interdisciplinary nature of gesture. Amsterdam, Netherlands : John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 201-216. (Gesture studies, no. 4) ISBN 9789027228451

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