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Intralingual language development


Patrie, Consecutive Interpreting from English
Unit 1 (pp. 29–42) Required

Cohesion & Transitional Devices (Spoken English) Required

This two-page handout taxonomizes four types of spoken English cohesion and transitional devices: additive, adversative, causal, and sequential transitions. Helpful in organizing mind/discoursal maps.

Understanding Registers of Language (ASL and English) Required

Word Power in 15 Minutes a Day Highly Recommended

Look-Pause-Nod (Napier, Carmichael, & Wiltshire) Recommended

(pp. 36 – 38.) This is chapter 2 in Hauser (2008) Deaf Professionals and Designated Interpreters by Napier, Carmichael, & Wiltshire. Among important points like engagement via eye contact and attention, the conclusion of this paper reiterates the importance of appropriate and mature source language choices.

English interpretation production notes (courtesy Anne Leahy)

Interpreters for Deaf Cut Through D.C.’s Political Jargon

Intralingual prowess cuts both ways: interpreters need to now how to pick the right words, but also be able to render equivalent ASL. Disappointing to see his strategy of ”When lost in a minefield of jargon, the rule is ‘Spell, and you’re out of there,’ though.

(Update 15 Jan 2014: There is a fairly spirited discussion about this article on RID’s Facebook page; you’ll need to search for the shared link to the WSJ article; sign-in probably required.)

Words that defined 2014

“Thirsty for a hot take, Bae?” Great article that takes a proverbial pulse on how new additions — at least in 2014 — to the English lexicon are created, last, and/or die. Get the 2015 version here.

Semantic Exercises

Improving personal vocabulary at vocabulary.com

Leoxicon (blog): Learning new vocabulary by staying up with current events

Language-focused activities aimed at reviewing and consolidating vocabualary from an end-of-the-year quiz

Various English learning exercises


This is link to ‘language’-related links at the course delicious.com site. This references concepts from Chapter 7 of Stewart, Schein, & Cartwright (2004); you’ll find references to language production, planning, and cultural issues in these links. Feel free to share others on your blog or in class.