Respecting Language: Sign Language Interpreters as Linguistic Descriptivists

Respecting Language: Sign Language Interpreters as Linguistic Descriptivists

Sign language interpreters are exposed to language variation on a daily basis. Interpreters and programs supporting interpreter education must cooperate with the Deaf community to adopt and adapt to the evolving stylings of native signers. How We Look at Language There are two widespread approaches to variation within languages: prescriptivism and descriptivism1. Prescriptivists approach language

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The Power of Thank You: Sign Language Interpreters and Gratitude

The Power of “Thank You”: Sign Language Interpreters and Gratitude

Sincere expressions of gratitude positively impact both giver and receiver. Creating an intentional gratitude practice could benefit sign language interpreters and the profession. As the days grow darker with the change of the seasons, there is a sense of despair in many arenas of the sign language interpreting field; rough waters on the national front,

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Can Clarity Return Discretion to VRS?

Can Clarity Return Discretion to VRS Interpreters’ Repertoire?

The FCC’s “10-minute rule” and their stance on information gathering to contextualize calls in VRS have been widely misunderstood. Understanding the intent of these regulations can help return discretion to VRS interpreters. A great American journalist, Margaret Fuller, once said, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” Sign language interpreters often

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Sandra Maloney - StreetLeverage - X

Replenishing Sign Language Interpreting: Extraction Exchange

Sandra Maloney presented Replenishing Sign Language Interpreting: Extraction Exchange at StreetLeverage – X | RID Conference 2015.  Her presentation explores the concept of the “extraction mindset,” applications to the field of sign language interpreting, and how to combat this thinking. You can find the PPT deck for her presentation here. [Note from StreetLeverage: What follows is

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Dennis Cokely and Cathy Cogen

Trends Report: Aligning Interpreter Education & Tomorrow’s Challenges

StreetLeverage had a great time providing coverage of the 2015 RID Conference in New Orleans, LA August 8-12, 2015. If you attended or watched the conference live-stream feed, you’ll remember that on Saturday, August 8, 2015, Dennis Cokely and Cathy Cogen presented, “Preparing Interpreters for Tomorrow: Report on a Study of Emerging Trends in Interpreting and

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Erica West Oyedele at StreetLeverage - X

Missing Narratives in Interpreting and Interpreter Education

Erica West Oyedele presented Missing Narratives in Interpreting and Interpreter Education at StreetLeverage – X | RID Conference 2015.  Her presentation explores the lack of diversity within the predominantly White, female field of sign language interpreting and provides a call to action for potential allies. You can find the PPT deck for her presentation here. [Note from StreetLeverage: What

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Taking Ownership: Defining Our Work As Sign Language Interpreters

Taking Ownership: Defining Our Work As Sign Language Interpreters

As sign language interpreters, we understand the importance of accurately communicating concepts in our choice of words and signs. It’s time to start applying that knowledge to the way we talk about our own work. Semantics Matter: Using Precise Language In the field of sign language interpreting, there recently has been a shift toward doing

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Ray Kenney - StreetLeverage - X

Deaf Interpreter Conference Finish: Do Do Now?

Ray Kenney presented Deaf Interpreter Conference Finish: Do Do Now? at StreetLeverage – X | RID Conference 2015.  His presentation provides an insider’s view from the historic Deaf Interpreter Conference held in June 2015. You can find the PPT deck for his presentation here. [Note from StreetLeverage: What follows is an English rendition of Ray’s talk from

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