ASL Head Movements: Critical Features in Interpretation


NOTE-this workshop is taught in ASL. The presenter will discuss head movements and their vital grammatical and discourse functions in American Sign Language. The study is based on their teaching experiences with ASL and interpretation students and their studies with the ASL signers in videotapes. Head movements are critical features in interpretation. Head movements use patterns of rhythms, stress, and intonation in a language. They are analogous to the use of punctuation, such as commas, semicolons, and spaces between sentences and paragraphs. The presenters will demonstrate several examples of head movements that co-occur with certain words and fingerspelling, as well as their use as grammatical and discourse markers and in managing listener’s feedback. The presenters will discuss some strategies for use in ASL and interpretation classes, which will include teaching head movement for ASL and interpretation students to improve their ASL expressive skills, and how to recognize head movements for improving their sign-to-voice interpreting.


Location: 301 Rowlett Building, Eastern Kentucky University

Park and enter at the rear of the Rowlett building on 2nd level

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