The Research Gap

Robert G. Lee

in Sign Language Interpreting and Interpreter Education

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176940
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199869978 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

The Research Gap

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This chapter looks at issues surrounding the linguistic study of American Sign Language (ASL) and the possible implications for both the education of deaf students and the education of ASL-English interpreters. It begins with an overview of ASL linguistic research to date, then turns to recent findings that run counter to two common misconceptions about the nature of ASL and how such misconceptions can have detrimental effects on the ability of deaf people (and interpreters) to acquire and use the language. Finally, the chapter presents some suggestions for addressing the stated problems.

Keywords: linguistic study; American Sign Language; educational interpreting; deaf students; ASL-English interpreters; sign language interpreters

Chapter.  6811 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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