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Course Content and Outcome Guide for ITP 231

Course Number:
ITP 231
Course Title:
American Sign Language Linguistics II
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Continues work of ITP 230. Analyzes and explores additional phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, variation and historical change of ASL. Analyzes and explores the discourse organization of ASL. Admission into Sign Language Interpretation Program and instructor permission required. Prerequisites: ITP 230.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss and explain the parallels between structural features of language, particularly English and American Sign Language, for the purpose of defining and demonstrating the notion that ASL is a language
  • Analyze and explain the terms of linguistics such as: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse, bilingualism and language contact, mouth morphemes in ASL, registers, variations, and language as art
  • Collect data from research by interviewing several people and discussing the results
  • Present their research data and discuss the results
  • Develop linguistic competence with ASL from an analytical-theoretic perspective
  • Analyze and explain how the structure of ASL is built and how it functions in of language usage
  • Analyze and explain how ASL discourse is organized
  • Analyze and discuss the types of register and variations that are used by various signers on videotapes
  • Develop theoretic language observation skills

Course Activities and Design

Activities include readings, lectures, viewing videotapes, research project on semantics, discussion, small group problem-solving tasks, and hands-on activities.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Homework assignments, research project, written examinations or/and quizzes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course introduces students to the study of ASL from a linguistics point of view, and covers the following topics:

  • Terminology used by linguists to talk about the linguistics of ASL in depth and apply this terminology when discussing the linguistics of ASL
  • Research and publications by various linguists in the field of ASL
  • The impact of the research and publications in recognizing ASL as a language
  • Phonology will be discussed and analyzed in regard to its relationship to how the language is formed
  • Morphology will be discussed and analyzed in regard to its relationship to how the language is structured
  • Syntax will be discussed and analyzed in depth to see how the grammar is structured
  • Semantics will be researched and analyzed in depth by interviewing and collecting data from ASL signers and summarizing the data for presentation
  • ASL discourse will be identified using videotapes and discussing how discourse is organized
  • ASL mouthing will be identified using the videotapes and discussing how to use it correctly in context
  • Language in use, register and variation will be analyzed and discussed using videotapes

Related Instruction

Communication
Hours: 30

Outcomes: 

- Discuss and explain the parallels between structural features of language, particularly English and American Sign Language, for the purpose of defining and demonstrating the notion that ASL is a language
- Analyze and explain the terms of linguistics such as: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse, bilingualism and language contact, mouth morphemes in ASL, registers, variations, and language as art
- Collect data from research by interviewing several people and discussing the results
- Present their research data and discuss the results
- Develop linguistic competence with ASL from an analytical-theoretic perspective
- Analyze and explain how the structure of ASL is built and how it functions in of language usage
- Analyze and explain how ASL discourse is organized
- Analyze and discuss the types of register and variations that are used by various signers on videotapes
- Develop theoretic language observation skills.

Activities:

This course introduces students to the study of ASL from a linguistics point of view, and covers the following topics:
- Terminology used by linguists to talk about the linguistics of ASL in depth and apply this terminology when discussing the linguistics of ASL Research and publications by various linguists in the field of ASL
- The impact of the research and publications in recognizing ASL as a language
- Phonology will be discussed and analyzed in regard to its relationship to how the language is formed
- Morphology will be discussed and analyzed in regard to its relationship to how the language is structured
- Syntax will be discussed and analyzed in depth to see how the grammar is structured
- Semantics will be researched and analyzed in depth by interviewing and collecting data from ASL signers and summarizing the data for presentation
- ASL discourse will be identified using videotapes and discussing how discourse is analyzed
- ASL mouthing will be identified using the videotapes and discussing how to use it correctly in context
- Language in use, register and variation will be analyzed and discussed using videotapes.