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Intralingual development


Cohesion & Transitional Devices (Spoken English)

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. Required

Understanding Registers of Language (ASL and English) Required

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.)

Actress Marlee Matlin presents to LDAV’s ‘Speaking of Kids’ Conference

This link is not about Marlee, it’s about listening to how interpreter Jack Jason uses spoken English prosody, tone, affect, speed, and illocutionary force to make this a presentation, and not an interpreting assignment.

Why Academic ASL Exposure Matters to Sign Language Interpreters

2016 Street Leverage presentation by Ben Bahan (Gallaudet University) reminding interpreters that “each discipline of study in the academy has its own approach to discourse,” and one of the reasons why interpretations in academic settings are lacking: a lack of exposure to language in these disciplines.

Improving personal vocabulary at vocabulary.com

Semantic Exercises

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

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.

Various English learning exercises

Word Power in 15 Minutes a Day Highly Recommended


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.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Sexual Behavior Terminology

Two-part presentation university presentation demonstrating substance, profanity, and graphic sexuality terminology (mostly in a lower register formality). If you are sensitive to this type of language (both signed and spoken), please think twice. YouTube links.