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ASL 203 - Comparative Analysis of ASL and English

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Enhanced study of the fundamental principles and cognitive processing of American Sign Language. Includes a further study of the Deaf community and Deaf culture.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 201  with a grade of B or better, and WRT 102 .
Information: This course is recommended for students who have finished ASL 202  or ASL departmental approval and desire further study and review. Students may be expected to attend outside events at their own expense.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the role of classifiers in American Sign Language (ASL).
  2. Discuss the linguistic aspects of verb modulation/inflection.
  3. Explain the functions of eye-indexing, pronominalization, compounding, contracting, sign space referents, facial grammar, relative clauses and conjunctions.
  4. List three critical components of language.
  5. Diagram and describe the sign language continuum of manually coded English, Rochester Method, American Sign Language, Pidgin Sign Language, and oral.
  6. Discuss basic comparisons between ASL and English semantics, morphology, phonology, and    syntax.
  7. Discuss ASL as a living language including historical changes of ASL, current trends, and future predictions.
  8. Read, write, and explain the role of basic gloss transcription.
  9. Produce an ASL research paper demonstrating necessary research writing skills using an approved discipline related style format.

  1. History of American Sign Language (ASL)
  2. Language Requirements
  3. Linguistic Fields
  4. Communication Systems
  5. Animal Communication
  6. Assimilation/Symmetry Principles
  7. American Sign Language/English Comparisons
  8. Time/Tense Indicators
  9. Semantics
  10. Morphology
  11. Syntax
  12. Phonology
  13. Facial Grammar
  14. Sign Space
  15. Modulation/Inflection
  16. Classifiers/ SASSes
  17. Conjunctions
  18. Relative Clauses
  19. Reality Principle
  20. Conversational Regulators
  21. ASL Research Topics
  22. Gloss/Transcription
  23. Current Issues
  24. Linguistic Research Paper