"TERP(-sichorean) LINES" [inTERPreting sign and other languages]


Noted California sign language terp Shelley Lawrence will conduct a workshop sponsored by the American Sign Language Teachers Association of Colorado (ASLTAC) on Saturday, 22 March 1997, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at Front Range Community College, Room C-0403, 3645 West 112th Avenue, Westminster. Cost, which includes lunch, is $8.00 members, $15.00 non-members. Contact Ann Topliff, FRCC, 303 466 8811.

Title of the workshop is "ASL expansion: Why our ASL is different".

Excerpts from ASLTAC flyer: In analyzing ASL discourse, it seems that there are specific applications of language use and ... phrasing that do not occur in spoken English and have not been addressed in the teaching of sign language. Seven unique applications have been identified and are called "expansion features".

More excerpts: "Shelley Lawrence has been a terp for more than 20 years and a terp educator for 16. She holds CSC (comprehensive skills), SC:L (special: legal), and CT (transliteration) certificates from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), Inc. She graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), in 1975, and was a special [i.e., non-Deaf] student at Gallaudet University in 1974. Since 1980, she has been teaching at Ohlone College, Fremont, California, and is currently assistant professor and coordinator of Ohlone's terp preparation program."

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