Applied Discourse Analysis

Applied Discourse Analysis

“If car parts are words and phrases, an assembled car is a language, and the rules of the road (including signs and signals) is discourse,” according to Theresa Smith. When we are free to recognize and use discourse signals we feel the fluency and ease that we desire in our interpreting. This workshop is an exploration of those signs and signals in both ASL and English. Tapping into the experience of the group, exploring through inquiry, looking at language samples, reflecting on our own experience and insight, we take what we know and have learned and practice applying it. The goal of this workshop is not only greater awareness of discourse structures but also mastery in using them in our work.

Length of Activity: One day workshop

Intended Audience: Working sign language interpreters

Language of Presentation: If Deaf people are present the workshop is conducted in ASL. If no Deaf people are attend the workshop will be in a mixture of ASL and spoken English. No voice interpretation is provided.