Who Says It’s ASL? Who Says It’s Not?

This workshop looks at the history of the field of linguistics, specifically the rise of Chomsky’s search for Universal Grammar and its near domination of the field until recent times. We look at how Universal Grammar views language usage, how it excludes the people who use the language and how this approach influenced early ASL linguistics and, to a large degree, ASL linguistic research today. We look together at how the academic validation of ASL has changed its status in the hearing and academic worlds, who has access to ASL linguistic information, and the relationships between Deaf people who own and use the language and the people who study it academically. We look together at how interpreters perceptions of language use influence their decisions and how these perceptions influence their interactions with Deaf people.

The aim of this workshop is to broaden participants’ perspective about their own work, their thinking, and the decisions they make.

Length of Activity: Can be either one or two days

Intended Audience: Working sign language interpreters, certified Deaf interpreters (CDIs ), ASL instructors, ASL students and Deaf people

Language of Presentation: If Deaf people are present I would prefer to present in ASL. If not, then I could present in English or ASL.

Next Workshop: March 12, 2011: Who Says It’s ASL? Who Says It’s Not? |South Puget Sound Community College|9 am- 3:30 pm with a half hour brown bag lunch|$40  |