LNGS 419: Advanced Sign Language


The course will build upon what was taught in LNGS 322. It will focus on the syntax and
semantics of sign language at the theoretical level, and on interpreting at the practical level.
There will be two hours of practical work each week during which students will learn how to
interpret for the deaf. The topics to be covered include: clause types, grammatical facial
expressions, classifier constructions, aspect inflection on verbs and aspectual particles, the role
of sign language in deaf culture and deaf education, sign language and spoken language
interpreting, subordination and the sociolinguistics of the deaf community.