Sign-to-voice interpreting considering clients with differing language experiences

ID: 4019
School: School of Language, Education, and Culture
Program: Interpreting and Translation
Status: Ongoing
Start date: October 2019
End Date: September 2021


This study is designed to investigate ASL-English interpreters’ management of signed texts from different sources, including individuals who are early and late/emergent learners of ASL. The aims are twofold: 1) to document linguistic patterns that are produced by early and late learners, (e.g., pronominal forms, use of tense and temporal adverbials, etc.), and 2) to examine the management of those linguistic forms by professional ASL-English interpreters. The first phase of this study will involve creation of the signed texts. We will recruit four deaf signers to tell a twenty-minute narrative, two who are native signers and two who have been signing for one year or less. These texts will be analyzed for linguistic patterns and differences and will serve as the source texts for the second phase of the study. Up to twenty interpreters will each interpret one native and one emergent signer text into spoken English. These interpretations will be analyzed for patterns for each type of signer. Additionally, the impact of preparation materials on interpretation will be investigated. The results are expected to shed light on late language acquisition and strategies that interpreters leverage during simultaneous interpretation.

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