Lost in Time, Tense and Transition
This workshop concentrates on the signs and strategies for conveying the "when" and "how long" of an ASL utterance and will include a study of transitional words/phrases used in ASL to divide thoughts into chunks, chunks into segments, segments into stories. Video clips of deaf ASL users will be included as models of the variety of transitions used to clarify events in a story telling. Effective use of transitions in ASL increases signer fluency and therefore prosody. Participants will learn about and have the opportunity to practice incorporating the information into their expressive ASL.
At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- successfully incorporate time markers into provided ASL short stories
- identify at least four transition markers and phrases commonly used in ASL
- identify three methods for communicating past, present and future
- effectively use transition markers and phrases in their own language production
Donna Flanders graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Interpretation for the Deaf in 1991 and immediately relocated to Georgia to become an educational interpreter in the metro-Atlanta area. In 1999, Donna left the full-time workforce to expand her career working in the community. As an independent contractor, Donna has worked in a variety of settings, both in Georgia, across the States and even abroad. She has had the opportunity to interpret on Broadway as a part of her training as a theatrical interpreter and is now serving as the Interpreter Coordinator for StageHands, coordinating interpreting services in the theaters in and around Atlanta. Donna has taught numerous workshops specifically designed for ASL learners and working interpreters, and has also had the pleasure of presenting at the national RID Conference 2013. Currently, Donna works on staff at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in Clarkston, Georgia, interpreting for the staff and faculty, but also working on special interpreted projects related to the education of Deaf children. As a seasoned professional working in the field of interpreting and deafness for over 27 years, Donna looks forward to meeting you and supporting you wherever you may be on your journey.