Educational Interpreting: What’s Linguistics got to do with it?

  • 27 Feb 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Northern Virginia Community College 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003


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"Educational Interpreting: What's Linguistics got to do with it?"

Presented by Miako Rankin, PhD, CI/CT

0.6 CEUs Offered  

When: Saturday, February 27, 2016

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: Northern Virginia Community College

8333 Little River Turnpike 

Annandale, VA 22003

Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

 Non-Members - $75.00

   NOVA Student/DOE Grant - Free

POC: Paula Debes (703-232-3192)

Marla Pollack (703-208-7901)

Session Information: Presented in ASL, this workshop is a review and exploration of the comparative linguistics of ASL and English in a discussion format. We all work in and between both languages every day. This is your chance to take a step back and ask the linguistics questions you've always wondered about.

Our guiding framework will be the relationship between form and meaning at all levels (individual words, grammatical structures, discourse features) and how those relationships parallel or diverge when comparing ASL and English. Issues covered will include: grammar and Word-order, relative usage levels of rhetorical questions, topicalization, and constructed dialogue in spoken English and ASL, passive voice, and any other such topics the group would like to consider. For each linguistic feature we discuss, we will analyze its impact on meaning in ASL, its impact on meaning in English, and the potential impacts during translation/interpretation. In pairs and small groups, we will engage in activities to practice direct application of linguistic approaches, including identifying and producing various grammatical structures, depiction, constructed action/constructed dialogue, and other discourse features. Together we will consider how current research in American Sign Language linguistics directly applies to our daily work in the field of ASL/English interpreting in educational settings.

Presenter Biography: Miako Rankin, PhD, CI/CT

Miako Rankin, PhD, CI/CT has been interpreting professionally for 12 years, working primarily as an independent contractor and specializing in advanced educational, performing arts, government, religious, and business settings. She received her interpreter training from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, where she also worked as a residential coordinator at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. Miako moved to the DC area in 2002 to attend graduate school at Gallaudet, where she now works as an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, teaching undergraduate and graduate level linguistics and interpretation courses.

Day of the Workshop: Coffee and Refreshments will be provided in morning; lunch is on your own. Certificates of attendance will be given at the conclusion. Parking is open in LOT B & Parking garage, Room location is Building CN, Room 227.

Make checks payable to: VRID

Send checks/registration form to:

Northern Virginia Community College

C/O Paula Debes

ASL Interpreter Education Department, Room CN 230

8333 Little River Turnpike

Annandale, VA. 22003-3796

CEUs:  VRID is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This program is offered for 0.6 CEUs in the area of Professional Studies. No partial session CEUs will be awarded, late arrivals will not receive CEUs.

Reasonable Accommodations: If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Marla Pollack or Paula Debes (emails above) by February 22, 2016. Although requests for accommodations will be accepted after this date, VRID cannot guarantee the accommodation will be provided.

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