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This page offers an extensive annotated listing of books (some with DVDs!) of interest to sign language and interpreting students, as well as to developing and seasoned professionals.

Because we've experienced first-hand the challenges of finding just the right book (especially for early learners!), we decided to build this resource and hope it makes the quest a little easier for others.  

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Lip Reader by Shanna Groves

Lip Reader

by Shanna Groves (2009)

 


ASL General

Signing Naturally Signing Naturally (Student Level 1)

Video workbook available separately (see Videos & DVDs).

BRAVO ASL Bravo ASL

Presented in an easy-to-use format, this 350-page guide includes learning objectives, visual aids, thought/discussion questions, culture and grammar notes, games, ASL sign illustrations, fun homework projects and more.

Learning American Sign Language Learning American Sign Language (includes DVD)

INCLUDES DVD!

ASL Phrase Book by Lou Fant ASL Phrase Book  

Get this book!  You will learn so much about ASL grammar from this one little resource.  EXCELLENT for beginners.

A Basic Course In ASL (see also DVD available separately) Basic Course in American Sign Language

Separate DVD also available see: Videos & DVDs.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Conversational Sign Language Compete Idiot's Guide to Conversational Sign Language

With over 600 photos; INCLUDES instructional DVD!

Focusing on the popular Contact Signing mode (formerly referred as Pidgin Sign Language), this is the perfect guide to the fundamentals of communicating through sign in a variety of everyday situations. Inside, readers will discover how to sign for small talk, emotions, directions, weather, family and friends, special occasions, recreation, travel, around the house, dining out, shopping, education, at the workplace, emergencies, and more.

Signing Time Flash Cards "Everyday Signs" Signing Time! Flash Cards "Everyday Signs"

Beautiful full-color photographs of each word, colorful illustrations, and simple sign descriptions will help you build ASL vocabulary and develop word recognition through this easy-to-use format.


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ASL Linguistics

Semiotics And Human Sign Language Semiotics and Human Sign Languages
           (1972) by William Stokoe
The Syntax of American Sign Language
           (1999) by Carol Neidle

Recommended for the serious student who wants to look inside the language to see how it works ... 4 stars because it is a very dry read.

Linguistics of ASL: Resource Text for Users Linguistics of American Sign Language
           (1992) by Clayton Valli

Highly recommended for the serious student who wants to look inside the language to see how it works.

Teacher's Edition to "THE GREEN BOOK" series. ASL Teacher's Resource Text on Grammar

You'll say:  "AH-HA!  Now I get it."

Highly recommended for the serious student.

What's Your Sign For Pizza? What's Your Sign For Pizza?

Sign-variation in American Sign Language

It's Not What You Sign, It's How You Sign It

It’s Not What You Sign, It’s How You Sign It is framed within politeness theory, an apt model to determine various interpretations of what speakers or signers mean in respect to the form of that which they say or sign. The variations reveal how linguistic and cultural differences intersect in ways that are often misinterpreted or overlooked in cross-cultural communication. To clarify these cross-linguistic differences, this volume explores two primary types of politeness and the linguistic strategies used by English speakers and ASL signers to express politeness concerns in face-to-face interaction. Hoza’s final analysis leads to a better understanding of the rich complexity of the linguistic choices of these language groups.


.Classifiers

Perspectives On Classifier Constructions In Sign Languages Perspectives On Classifier Constructions (2003)

Classifier constructions are universal to sign languages and exhibit unique properties that arise from the nature of the visual-gestural modality. The major goals are to bring to light critical issues related to the study of classifier constructions and to present state-of-the-art linguistic and psycholinguistic analyses of these constructions. It is hoped that by doing so, more researchers will be inspired to investigate the nature of classifier constructions across signed languages and further explore the unique aspects of these forms.

Classifier Predicates In ASL Classifier Predicates in ASL (2007)

A scholarly work: The authors show that body part classifiers (BPCL) have morpheme specification.  They further discuss contrasting morphology and phonology and a detailed syntax analysis.

Classifiers and Prosody Classifiers and Prosody (2007)

A scholarly work: The authors analyze the phonological and prosodic properties of two-handed classifiers.  They examine the restrictions these forms place on handshape choice, and then look at their prosodic and morpho-syntactic structures by examining the interaction between the relations of the two hands and other prosodic cues, such as eye blinks.


 

Deaf Culture

Inside Deaf Culture Inside Deaf Culture

The authors (who also wrote Deaf in America) reveal historical events and forces that have shaped the ways that Deaf people define themselves today. Inside Deaf Culture relates Deaf people's search for a voice of their own, and their proud self-discovery and self-description as a flourishing culture.

A Journey Into the Deaf World A Journey Into the Deaf-World

 VITAL FOR PROFESSIONALS 

Three distinguished scholars of Deaf culture—one hearing, one deaf, and one CoDA (child of deaf adults)—offer clear, penetrating insights into the existence and makeup of the deaf world, the community whose natural language—ASL in the U.S.—is manual and visual. Bringing the latest social and cultural findings and theories into sharp focus, the authors take us on a fascinating journey to discover what deaf culture is; the benefits of signed language and deaf culture for deaf children and hearing people; how deaf children are now educated and how they could be; how deaf people integrate into the larger society; the nature of ASL; how technology helps (and hurts) deaf people. Combining thought-provoking intellectual perspectives with enlightening first-hand accounts of life in the deaf world, this landmark volume is vital for professionals working in fields involving deaf people and for those with an interest in deaf studies.

For Hearing People Only For Hearing People Only   Workbook also available.

VERY GOOD FOR BEGINNERS!

HPO is written for people who have questions about Deaf culture, sign language, and Deaf life in general, and need a quick answer. 

It is not intended to be an in-depth excursion into a vast and complex subject, but to provide accurate and provocative answers to over a hundred persistent questions. 

It is a handbook for beginners. Each chapter is designed as an independent unit focusing on one topic.

Deaf Heritage Deaf Heritage

This popular classic provides in-depth history of the deaf community in America beginning with 1980. Rich with historical anecdotes, photos, quotes and facts, the broad range of topics include education, employment, advocacy, humor, and the arts.

Reading Between the Signs Reading Between the Signs  (2nd Edition)
(2006) by Anna Mindess, Thomas K. Holcomb, Daniel Langholtz

 A MUST-HAVE FOR TERPS

Mindess, herself a veteran interpreter, introduces the main concepts of intercultural communication in the first half of her work, drawing on examples from anthropology, linguistics, and related fields. She highlights differences between hearing culture and deaf culture in America that can compromise clarity in translation situations. Finally, Mindess explores the responsibilities of translators and their primary role as mediators, recognizing that American Sign Language (ASL) translators raised outside deaf culture must learn its nuances to maintain professional quality. In comparison, Melanie Metzger's more research-oriented Sign Language Interpreting: Deconstructing the Myth of Neutrality (Gallaudet Univ., 1999) reveals how interpreters influence a translation interaction. Although less academic in nature, Mindess's book is a excelleent resource for the interpreter.

Through Deaf Eyes: A Photo History Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of an American Community

Photographs, quotes, and stories from the public television documentary have been assembled in this book of stunning beauty. More than 200 full-color photographs feature poignant images that depict the story of Deaf America offering readers the opportunity to learn about the nation’s broader history. Photographs reveal the character of Deaf people in school settings, the workplace, during wartime, and using their cultural language of sign. For both deaf and hearing readers, the Deaf community portrayed, offers a unique and fascinating perspective on the value of human difference.

A Phone Of Our Own A Phone Of Our Own - The Deaf Insurrection Against Ma Bell

H.G. Lang - In 1964, of the more than 85 million telephones in the United States and Canada, less than one percent were used regularly by deaf people. In that same year, three enterprising deaf men, Robert H. Weitbrecht, James C. Marsters, and Andrew Saks, started the process that led to deaf people around the world possessing an affordable phone system that they could use. This book tells how these three men collaborated to solve the technical difficulties of developing a coupling device for TTYs that would translate sounds into discernible letters. An entertaining engrossing story of how Deaf people fought and won, and changed the world for the better for deaf people everywhere.

Know That ... Quotes from Deaf Women for a Positive Life Know That ... Quotes from Deaf Women for a Positive Life

A beautifully compiled treasury of quotes from Deaf women who share what they have discovered about life, love and positive living. Makes a wonderful gift for mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend, or yourself.

Deaf In America Deaf In America

 A VERY GOOD PRIMER 

Through the use of folklore, home movies, stories, poetry, jokes and discussions, the authors have compiled narrative accounts which will open Deaf Culture to outsiders and provide rare insight into the universe of silence.

The Week the World Heard Gallaudet The Week the World Heard Gallaudet

A day-by-day account of the revolution at Gallaudet University as it unfolded March 6-13, 1988. 

Text and interviews supplemented with full color and black and white photos capture the action of this amazing historical event known as the "Deaf President Now!" movement.

Seeing Voices Seeing Voices

This book will shake your preconceptions about Deaf people, Deaf culture, American Sign Language, and historical perspectives. 

Dr. Sacks takes you on a journey into the world of the Deaf as they were seen and treated in the past, continuing with the new understanding that began in the 18th century and on to the present situation of Deaf people

Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language

Presents a detailed, vivid description of daily life in the early 1900's when an entire community on Martha's Vineyard, Deaf and hearing alike, used sign language.

Train Go Sorry Train Go Sorry

"Train Go Sorry" is the ASL expression for "missing the boat", symbolic of the many ways in which Deaf and hearing people fail to communicate. The author takes the reader inside the Deaf world through vivid portraits of students and teachers to capture development of deaf culture.


.Deaf Studies

Tribute to Gallaudet by Henry Bernard Tribute to Gallaudet: A Discourse in Commemoration of the Life, Character and Services of the Rev. T
(2009)

 

Deaf Subjects: Between Identity and Places Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places  
(2009)

In this probing exploration of what it means to be deaf, Brenda Brueggemann goes beyond any simple notion of identity politics to explore the very nature of identity itself. 

Looking at a variety of cultural texts, she brings her fascination with borders and between-places to expose and enrich our understanding of how deafness embodies itself in the world, in the visual, and in language.

A Mighty Change A Mighty Change
Anthology of Deaf American Writing 1816 - 1864

The Second Volume in the Gallaudet Classics in Def Studies Series. This volume contains original writings by deaf people from the first half of the nineteenth century, a period of transformation for deaf Americans that saw the rise of deaf education and the coalescence of the nation's Deaf community. Includes works by Laurent Clerc, James Nack, John Burnet, Edmund Booth, John Carlin, and others. Taken together, this remarkable collection provides a direct glimpse of deaf Americans during this time of change.

Signing the Body Poetic (Book includes DVD) Signing the Body Poetic   

(Book plus DVD)

by Dirksen L. Bauman, Jennifer L. Nelson, Heidi M. Rose, William C. Stokoe, W. J. Thomas Mitchell

Essays on American Sign Language literature.

Dancing Without Music Dancing Without Music  
(1990)

The author explores two burning issues of the Deaf community: oralism versus American Sign language, and the rights of deaf people. Dancing Without Music investigates being Deaf, it's ramifications in society, and the relationship between thought process and language, whether spoken or not.

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes  
(2008)

 

This groundbreaking volume introduces readers to the key concepts and debates in deaf studies, offering perspectives on the relevance and richness of deaf ways of being in the world.  Leading and emerging scholars consider physical and cultural boundaries of deaf places and probe the complex intersections of deaf identities with gender, sexuality, disability, family, and race.  They explore the role of sensory perception in defining community and redefining literacy in light of signed languages, and delve into the profound medical, social, and political dimensions of the disability label often assigned to deafness.

The Mask Of Benevolence The Mask Of Benevolence

"Let the Deaf be Deaf", the author cries throughout his book. 

Dr. Harlan Lane does not view deafness as a handicap but rather as a different state from hearing. 

Deaf people are a social minority and should be treasured, not eradicated.


Fiction

Lip Reader by Shanna Groves Lip Reader  
(2009) by Shanna Groves

Shanna Groves has skillfully crafted a fascinating family who reside in Little Paw, Oklahoma, plagued with an inherited deafness. Sapphie Traylor comes of age as she discovers family secrets long hidden in the outback of Oklahoma. A very engaging read.

Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Matlin Deaf Child Crossing  
by Marlee Matlin (2002)
(Reading Level: Grade3 3-4)

From Publishers Weekly: Matlin, the first deaf actor to win an Academy Award, makes her fiction debut with this problematic novel about a friendship between two nine-year-old girls. Megan, who is deaf, is almost opposite in temperament from her new neighbor, the bookish, shy Cindy, but nonetheless decides that Cindy will be her best friend.

Nobody's Perfect by Marlee Matlin Nobody's Perfect   
by Marlee Matlin
(Reading Level: Grades 4-6)

Sequel to Deaf Child Crossing: Fourth-grader Megan is caught off guard when the new girl at school rebuffs her gestures of friendship. Alexis is pretty, smart, and a great soccer player, and she seems intent on ignoring Megan. Is Alexis shy, or is it because Megan is deaf? Megan gains some insight when the girls are assigned as partners for the science fair. This story perfectly captures the intensity of a young girl's life, when even glitter and feathers on party invitations can generate high excitement.


Humor

You Might Be An Interpreter If ...   You Might Be A Sign Language Interpreter If ...

This miniature book makes a great gift for the interpreter in your life. It celebrates the field of interpreting, replete with human frailties and the occasional "aha" moment. The humorous situations developed by the authors showcase the human side of interpreting. The illustrations by deaf cartoonist Bruce Hanson are sure to produce a chuckle from the reader. [Miller, Katrina; Damara Goff Paris; (2001) 46 pages; soft cover]

Deaf Culture: OUR WAY Deaf Culture: OUR WAY

Anecdotes from the Deaf community.  Back by popular demand in its third edition and more hilarious than ever! Roy Holcomb and his two sons give students an entertaining glimpse of life in the Deaf community that every reader will relate to. Perfect supplemental reading for deaf studies programs as well as English classes for deaf students.

DEAFinitiions For Signlets DEAFinitions For Signlets

 HYSTERICAL!!


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Idioms, Puns, Colloquialisms, etc.

Speak English Like An American Speak English Like An American

  GREAT INTERPRETER RESOURCE

You THINK you know the CONCEPTUAL MEANING of the idioms you hear and use everyday.  But, how will you interpret them when you hear them?  You WILL have to terp idioms ... count on it! (tee-hee)

Highly recommended for your assignment- and test-preparation shelf.

Euphemisms How Not To Say What You Mean: A Dictionary of Euphemisms

  GOOD INTERPRETER RESOURCE

Interpreters know it's not what they say that counts as much as what they MEAN.  Prepare to interpret those tricky American euphemisms BEFORE you're put to the task.

 

American Slang Modern American Slang

"The charms of The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English bring to mind a younger brother with troubled friends who has memorized long stretches of dialogue from movies starring stoners or mobsters."
 - The Nation, December 2008

"To quote Paul Dickson (author, The Dickson Baseball Dictionary) '...a five-alarm, slam-dunk, grand-slam home run of a book.'"
 - Reference Reviews


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Interpreter Education & Development

Decisions Decisions Practical Guide for Sign Language Professionals Decisions? Decisions? A Practical Guide for Sign Language Professionals  

A reviewer wrote: "This book takes our thought process through some of the ethical dilemmas that we face in our work. It gives us an ethical compass, as it were, for us to use in making decisions, with a focus on upholding the Code of Professional Conduct from RID. If someone is preparing to take the NIC Performance and Interview test, then this book will definitely boost their ability to analyze situations and take appropriate action. Lots of thought has gone into the scenarios used in the book, as well as how an interpreter should respond."

Techniques & Exercises: In The Real World Interpretation Techniques & Exercises ... the Real World

This book provides a structured syllabus and an overview of interpretation accompanied by exercises in the main aspects of the art. It is meant as a practical guide for interpreters and as a complement to interpreter training programs.

New Approaches to Interpreter Education New Approaches to Interpreter Education (2006)

Six new, vital chapters on new curricula and creative teaching methods. Series editor Cynthia B. Roy leads the way by calling for the use of a discourse-oriented curriculum for educating interpreters. In the following chapter, Claudia Angelelli outlines the bottom-line principles for teaching effective health-care interpreting, postulating a model that depends upon the development of skills in six critical areas: cognitive-processing, interpersonal, linguistics, professional, setting-specific, and sociocultural. Risa Shaw, Steven D. Collins, and Melanie Metzger collaborate on describing the process for establishing a bachelor of arts program in interpreting at Gallaudet University distinct from the already existent masters program.

Prosodic Markers and Utterance Boundaries (Interpreters) Prosodic Markers and Utterance Boundaries in American Sign Language Interpretation (Studies in Interpretation Series, Vol. 5)
(June 2009) by Brenda Nicodemus

In interpreting, professionals must be able to convey to their clients the rhythm, stress, and length of phrases used by the communicating parties to indicate their respective emotional states. Such subtleties, which can signal sarcasm and irony or whether a statement is a question or a command, are defined in linguistics as prosody. Brenda Nicodemus’s new volume, the fifth in the Studies in Interpretation series, discusses the prosodic features of spoken and signed languages, and reports the findings of her groundbreaking research on prosodic markers in ASL interpretation.

Say It Like They Mean It

ASL to English Interpretation: Say It Like They Mean It

The focus of this book is not about how the interpreter thinks the English interpretation should be presented, but on how an English speaking consumer, with no understanding of Deaf culture, would best understand the interpreter's voiced message. Producing an appropriate interpretation from ASL to English is often noted as being very difficult. With only two years in most interpreter preparation programs, students may not have a full comprehension of what is expected in ASL to English interpretation.

Transliterating: Show Me The Englist Transliterating: Show Me the English (2001)

This book was written to fill the need for a text that covers the task of transliterating. It provides a comprehensive overview of the task of transliterating, and its primary goal is to serve as a standardized curriculum for students currently enrolled in ITPs who have taken at least one semester of interpreting skills.

Encounters With Reality: 1001 Interpreter Scenarios Encounters With Reality: 1001 Interpreter Scenarios
       (2008) by Brenda E. Cartwright

 HOW IT REALLY GOES ...

Encounters with Reality, 2nd Edition, doubles in value from the 1st Edition with 1,001 real-life scenarios that are sad, funny, perplexing and sometimes downright scary. 

It builds on the first edition with greater organization of challenges and by including responses and perspectives from experienced interpreters, deaf consumers, interpreter training program students, certified deaf interpreters and successful National Interpreter Certification (NIC) candidates.

Additionally, this edition provides a chapter dedicated to challenges in interpreting addressed by Demand-Control Schema Analysis.

Learning To See Learning To See
       (1997) by Phyllis Wilcox, Sherman Wilcox

This second edition of the work remains by far the best work of its type. It is cogent, well written, and provides a useful and important foundation for those interested in teaching ASL. It should also be of interest to those not familiar with the growing literature on ASL and the Deaf community, as well as for other foreign language educators.

So You Want To Be An Interpreter (Includes DVD!) So You Want To Be An Interpreter?

 ESSENTIAL READING

Fantastic introduction and perpetual resource.  This and its previous editions hold an honored place on TerpTopics' reference shelf.

Great Interpreters Don't Grow On Trees Great Interpreters Don't Grow on Trees 123 Steps to the Top
         (2004) by Kelley Clark

This book was written for practicing interpreters who intend to improve their work product. Interpreters are extraordinary, and to be successful, sign language interpreters must have a skill base as varied as the world is diverse. This book provides 123 strategies that readers select and incorporate it into their daily routine. The tasks outlined require going above and beyond reading this book. Readers will be instructed to find materials and mentors, team interpret and prepare before assignments.

Interpreting: An Introduction Interpreting: An Introduction
         (1990) by Nancy Frishberg

REQUIRED READING

This introduction to sign kanguage Interpreting includes information needed for written portions of the NIC (certification exam) and many state-level assessments.

Reading Between the Signs Reading Between the Signs
         (2006) by Anna Mindess, Thomas K. Holcomb, Daniel Langholtz

Helps the professional sign language interpreter provide more effective service through an understanding of deaf culture and cross-cultural communication. Mindess, a veteran interpreter, introduces the main concepts of intercultural communication in the first half of her work, drawing on examples from anthropology, linguistics, and related fields. She highlights differences between hearing culture and deaf culture in America that can compromise clarity in translation situations. Finally, Mindess explores the responsibilities of translators and their primary role as mediators, recognizing that ASL translators raised outside deaf culture must learn its nuances to maintain professional quality.

Sign Language Interpreting: Its Art and Science Sign Language Interpreting: Its Art and Science

A comprehensive exploration of the practice and research relating to sign language interpreting.

The text introduces first-time users to sign language and how it affects interpreting and for those knowledgeable about sign language interpreting, it gathers together a wealth of previously scattered materials. 

For scholars and researchers, it directs their attention to new areas for study.

It's Not What You Sign, It's How You Sign It

Framed within politeness theory, an apt model to determine various interpretations of what speakers or signers mean in respect to the form of that which they say or sign. The variations reveal how linguistic and cultural differences intersect in ways that are often misinterpreted or overlooked in cross-cultural communication. To clarify these cross-linguistic differences, this volume explores two primary types of politeness and the linguistic strategies used by English speakers and ASL signers to express politeness concerns in face-to-face interaction. Hoza’s final analysis leads to a better understanding of the rich complexity of the linguistic choices of these language groups.


Interpreting Studies Reader (supports: Introducing Interpreting Studies)
The Interpreting Studies Reader

Works well with Introducing Interpreting Studies: Spanning the multiple and diverse approaches to interpreting, including conference, court and sign-language interpreting, this reader collects the seminal articles in the field and places them in their thematic and social contexts. 

An authoritative and up-to-date overview of interpreting studies and the new directions the subject is taking in the twenty-first century. 

Features include an introductory essay reviewing the evolution of interpreting studies, organization into seven thematic sections-each with an editors' introduction, a comprehensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading.

From interpretation in antiquity to projections about the future of the field, this guide has every essay a student, researcher or practitioner could need.

The Interpreter's Resource The Interpreter's Resource (2001)

"The Interpreter's Resource" provides a comprehensive overview of interpreting at the start of the 21st century. 

As well as explaining the different types of interpreting and their uses, it contains a number of codes of ethics, information on community interpreting around the world and detailed coverage of international organizations, which employ interpreters.


Introducing Interpreting Studies
Introducing Interpreting Studies

In today's multilingual, multicultural society, the need for interpreters has never been greater. This book introduces students, researchers and practitioners to the fast-developing discipline of Interpreting Studies.

Written by a leading researcher in the field, Introducing Interpreting Studies guides the reader through international conference, court and hospital interpreting, in both signed and spoken modalities. The book begins by exploring the ways in which the field evolved, looking at historical developments, concepts, influential models and methodological approaches. It then moves on to consider the main areas of research in the field, before reviewing the major trends of Interpreting Studies, reflecting on how the subject will develop in the future and offering direction to those undertaking research of their own.

Featuring chapter summaries, guides to the main points covered in the book and suggestions for further reading, this practical and user-friendly textbook is the definitive map of this important and growing field. The book can be used on its own, or to accompany The Interpreting Studies Reader (Routledge, 2002).


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Interpreting Processing Models

Interpreting As A Discourse Process Interpreting As A Discourse Process  
by Cynthia B. Roy

"This is a useful text for interpreters and interpreter trainers alike, and it would be excellent required reading in graduate classes in interpreting (both practice and theory) as an introduction to the importance and relevance of discourse approaches to the field."
 - Language in Society

"Roy's work is groundbreaking in its premise that interpretation, far from occurring in a neutral, noninvolved manner, involves an active, direct interlocutor who is constantly shifting roles, aligning herself or himself with primary interlocutors, and managing the flow of conversation....This is a useful text for interpreters and interpreter trainers alike, and it would be an excellent required reading in graduate classes in interpreting (both practice and theory) as an introduction to the importance and relevance of discourse approaches to the field."
 - Language in Society

From Topic Boundaries To Omission From Topic Boundaries To Omission  
by Melanie Metzger, Steven Collins, Gallaudet University, Valerie Dively, Risa Shaw

This new collection examines several facets of signed language interpreting. Claudia Angelelli's study confirms that conference, courtroom, and medical interpretation can no longer be seen as a two-party conversation with an "invisible" interpreter, but as a three-party conversation in which the interpreter plays an active role. Laura M. Sanheim defines different turn-taking elements in a medical setting as two overlapping conversations, one between the patient and the interpreter and the other between the interpreter and the medical professional.


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Interpreting Service Models

Total Communication Total Communication

Total communication, a method utilizing a combination of visual and auditory cues in an attempt to maximize comprehension, has long been a focus of debate by the deaf community, families of deaf children, and education professionals. For perhaps the first time, this book documents total communication’s historical and philosophical roots and analyzes the strengths and limitations of total communication's elemental parts and their salient linguistic properties.

How to Use a Sign Language Interpreter How to Use a Sign Language Interpreter 

A Guide for Businesses (1996)

This is a unique book in that it draws from the experiences of a Deaf (Rohring) and a hearing (Adams) author, providing a comprehensive perspective. It draws upon research and literature, from professional practice, and from anecdotal accounts. An essential resource for college training programs, hospitals, health care agencies, hearing and speech centers, school districts, educational agencies, and any one working with or employing deaf or hard of hearing persons.

Deconstructing the Myth of Neutrality   
(Gallaudet University, 1999)

Reveals how interpreters influence a translation interaction.

By disclosing the ways in which interpreters affect changes in medical, educational and all other general interactions, the author demonstrates that the ideal of an interpreter as a neutral language conduit does not exist and addresses the potential implications

This provocative study is important information to the professional interpreting community and anyone involved in the use of sign language interpreters.

From Topic Boundaries To Omission From Topic Boundaries To Omission by Melanie Metzger, Steven Collins, Gallaudet University, Valerie Dively, Risa Shaw

This new collection examines several facets of signed language interpreting. Claudia Angelelli's study confirms that conference, courtroom, and medical interpretation can no longer be seen as a two-party conversation with an "invisible" interpreter, but as a three-party conversation in which the interpreter plays an active role. Laura M. Sanheim defines different turn-taking elements in a medical setting as two overlapping conversations, one between the patient and the interpreter and the other between the interpreter and the medical professional.


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Research

Deaf Cognition: Foundations and Outcomes (2008; Marschark) Deaf Cognition: Foundations and Outcomes (2008)

"This volume represents the state of the art in research that asks, 'What are the cognitive processes of individuals who learn through their eyes?' This central question advances our thinking about why deaf children have difficulties in schools, and this book presents a compendium of research approaches and results that will propel that thinking forward and begin to suggest new and better pedagogy that focuses on learning differences and not learning deficits." --Thomas E. Allen, Director, Science of Learning Center on Visual language and Visual Learning, Gallaudet University

Perspectives on Deafness Sign Language Interpreting (Perspectives on Deafness)  (2005) 

(Chapt. 3: Educational Interpreting: Access and Outcomes)

by Marc Marschark, Rico Peterson, Elizabeth A. Winston, Patricia (CON) Sapere
Personality And The Linguist Personality And Conference Interpreters (1987)

Personality and the Linguist: A Comparison of the Personality Profiles of Professional Translators and Conference Interpreters

Bradford University Press, 131 pages.

Prosodic Markers and Utterance Boundaries (Interpreters) Prosodic Markers and Utterance Boundaries in American Sign Language Interpretation (Studies in Interpretation Series, Vol. 5)
(June 2009) by Brenda Nicodemus

In interpreting, professionals must be able to convey to their clients the rhythm, stress, and length of phrases used by the communicating parties to indicate their respective emotional states. Such subtleties, which can signal sarcasm and irony or whether a statement is a question or a command, are defined in linguistics as prosody. Brenda Nicodemus’s new volume, the fifth in the Studies in Interpretation series, discusses the prosodic features of spoken and signed languages, and reports the findings of her groundbreaking research on prosodic markers in ASL interpretation.

Classifier Predicates In ASL Classifier Predicates in ASL (2007)

A scholarly work: The authors show that body part classifiers (BPCL) have morpheme specification.  They further discuss contrasting morphology and phonology and a detailed syntax analysis.


.Technology

C-Print: A Notetaking System C-print: A Notetaking System

C-PrintTM is a computer-aided speech-to-print transcription system developed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) as a support service option for some deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstream educational environments. Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) serves postsecondary institutions to improve educational access and enhance postsecondary education opportunities for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

TRS Handbook Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS) Handbook

Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) allow anyone who is hearing or speech impaired to communicate with anyone in the world.  Technophobia, unawareness, and fear of the unknown have prevented many from using TRS and taking full advantage of the telephone's unparalleled convenience. Until now. This easy-to-understand handbook will help all of us to communicate with one another!

What you may not know about TRS:

* You get absolute confidentiality, by law. Even communication concerning criminal enterprises is protected.

* The Communications Assistant (CA) is carefully trained to be not only proficient in using the necessary equipment, but also in facilitating a smooth interaction between parties.

* The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 mandates that telephone companies provide this service to those who need it.

Surgical Consent Surgical Consent

The publisher of this book says the rate of implantation is 80% to 90% of all deaf children, some as young as five months old.  The collection features essays by Paddy Ladd, Harlan Lane, Karen Lloyd, Eithne Mills, Paal Richard Peterson, and Michael Uniacke. These worldwide renowned ethicists, educators, and Deaf leaders express their diverse perspectives on the bioethics of childhood cochlear implantation, with perspectives on human rights, medical and social ethics, psychology, education, globalization, identity, life pathways, democracy, media, law, and biotechnology. These views contrast sharply with the medical perspective of deafness overwhelmingly promoted through the media and by the cochlear implantation industry. Surgical Consent begins and ends with the voices of Deaf people. Their articulate and, at times, raw insights clearly delineate the issues of power, positioning, and minority-majority group relations that are inherent in the dominant hearing culture’s understanding of diversity and globalization.

Interpreters In Mental Health Interpreters in Mental Health  (2003)

Helps practitioners develop better ways of helping clients who need an interpreter. Discusses interpreters in medical consultations; issues of language provision in health care services; the application of theoretical frameworks to the work with interpreters; and the work of interpreters in a variety of practical settings

This book is invaluable for practitioners in psychology, psychiatry, social work and other health professionals.

Communication Disorders: Practioner's Handbook Interpreters in Communication Disorders: Practitioner's Handbook

(2002)

A useful resource to be shared between interpreters and care providers. It is a quick reference that covers all of the essentials. This guide supports care providers and interpreters to operate within a common framework.

Job Accomodations "On the Job With Hearing Loss" On the Job With Hearing Loss

This book provides a comprehensive look at the hidden challenges of hearing loss and practical solutions that can overcome the barriers. Author Becky Morris, published author, national and international conference presenter and recognized leader in ALDs in the hearing healthcare and Vocational Rehabilitation arena, addresses issues for people at every experience level.

Includes:
- 10 steps of successful accommodations 
- 17 occupational reports perfect for newer counselors or employment specialists
- Technology training in telephones, meetings and a cross reference of technology mentioned in the occupational reports.


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