2018-2019 Educational Interpreter Training Series

Understanding Prosody

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Session Dates

Saturday February 16, 2019 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Who do signers sometimes shift in space when they are not indicating a specific referent? Why do they raise their eyebrows when they are not asking a question? How do I know that a signer is referring to a past discourse referent instead of a time in the past? How can I improve my sentence boundaries in my interpreting? The answer to these questions is prosody. Prosodic features of language are larger than individual signs or even individual sentences. These are the features that help you navigate through discourse. Prosodic features help to create and recognize boundaries in sign, including both Signed English and ASL. In this workshop, participants will learn about prosodic features, will practice recognizing them, and will learn how to interpret the features.

Topics Covered: Educational Interpreters

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Deborah Cates

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer