Factors that Influence the Acquisition of ASL for Interpreting Students

David Quinto‐Pozos

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

Factors that Influence the Acquisition of ASL for Interpreting Students

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This chapter highlights some areas that are particularly important to address at the present time—both in language instruction and research on the adult acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL). It focuses on polycomponential signs (PSs), referential shift (RS), and constructed action (CA). It argues that the time has come for the creation of research-based suggestions for curricula development—suggestions that would ultimately improve the reliability and success of language instruction methodologies. The methodologies for teaching interpreting students the use of PSs, RS, and CA, which have proven to be a difficult part of ASL, could benefit tremendously from such research.

Keywords: American Sign Language; polycomponential sign; referential shift; constructed action; second language acquisition

Chapter.  13378 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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