Educational Interpreter Weekend with the Expert: ASL Numbering Systems: Easy as 1, 2, 3 or is it?

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Session Dates

Saturday November 17, 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday November 18, 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Numbers are a basic expression of language fluency yet many interpreters do not produce ASL numbers accurately. Do you know how to correctly convey the following: Channel 4, four children, 4th in a sequence, and the last four digits of your SSN? Hint: only one is produced palm in, and only one is produced palm out.

Numbering systems differ in English and ASL. English is relatively straightforward with only two categories. ASL, however, has over two dozen systems including nominals, quantifiers, sequential, and informational. While many systems are familiar, interpreters can struggle with which to use. This is especially true with some of the more unique categories. Expressing ASL numbers incorrectly can make an interpreted message difficult for viewers to understand. In this session, participants will learn to recognize and use different numbering systems in ASL. Participants will also develop skill in articulating numbers accurately.


Participants will:
1. Differentiate between English and ASL number systems; Nominals; Cardinal systems: Quantifiers, Counting
2. Accurately produce ordinal systems: Spatial/Temporal, Listing, Rank; Informational numbers
3. Identify numeral incorporation systems: Age, Classifiers, Height, Money, Pronouns, Scores, Time
4. Provide interpretation of stimulus material while accurately incorporating number systems

Target Audience

Educational Sign Language Interpreters and Teachers of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Topics Covered: Deaf – Hard of Hearing

Event Info

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Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
No credit


David N. Evans

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer