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Interpreting In Church, Religious Settings And Beyond, Jennifer Kinnamon 2018 Western Oregon University

Interpreting In Church, Religious Settings And Beyond, Jennifer Kinnamon

Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings

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Let's Bridge The Gap! Cross-Cultural Mentoring, Royce Carpenter 2018 Western Oregon University

Let's Bridge The Gap! Cross-Cultural Mentoring, Royce Carpenter

Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings

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Achieving Immersive Gameplay: Interpreters And Video Game Accessibility, Rebekah Cheeley 2018 Western Oregon University

Achieving Immersive Gameplay: Interpreters And Video Game Accessibility, Rebekah Cheeley

Honors Senior Theses/Projects

ASL/English interpreters (ASLEI) are exploring their influence and how they impact the communities they work with. Sensitive to oppression and marginalization of the needs of the d/Deaf community, interpreters and interpreting students are looking at how they can best support greater accessibility for people with who identify as d/Deaf or hard of hearing. Video games are one such area where accessibility is lacking. Problems include reliance on sound cues for crucial survival information...


Understanding Deaf Culture, Meghan Flanagan 2018 University of Rhode Island

Understanding Deaf Culture, Meghan Flanagan

Senior Honors Projects

Culture defines people and gives them a sense of identity. It provides a community for individuals with similar beliefs and values to communicate with one another using a shared language. Deaf Culture encompasses these principles, but it is unique in that it has it’s own fully developed language known as American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is a verbal language that incorporates all of the linguistic components of a spoken language such as syntax, idioms, and dialect variation. It allows the deaf community to have a distinct sense of humor along with their own traditions, literature, and theater. All of ...


Exploring Deaf Physicians’ And Physician Trainees’ Experiences With Designated Interpreters, Todd S.K. Agan 2018 St. Catherine University

Exploring Deaf Physicians’ And Physician Trainees’ Experiences With Designated Interpreters, Todd S.K. Agan

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

The term “designated interpreter,” introduced by Hauser, Finch, and Hauser (2008), continues to be an emerging concept in the field of signed language interpretation. Whereas this role has been discussed by deaf professional and designated interpreter teams, or by interpreters themselves, there is a lack of perspective on this role exclusively from those deaf professionals who work with interpreters. Using a demographic survey and an ethnographic interview, deaf physicians and physician trainees were asked about their experiences with interpreters for this pilot study, and to conceptualize what a designated interpreter is and does. Results of this study suggest that a ...


The Evolution Of Coda Interpreters, Athena Crosby-Martin 2018 St. Catherine University

The Evolution Of Coda Interpreters, Athena Crosby-Martin

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

Hearing children born to deaf parents, known as Codas are born into a world where they are bimodal bilingual, as well as bicultural. They must navigate the distinct differences between spoken and signed languages and hearing and Deaf communities, often acting as interpreters for situations well beyond their maturity level. Codas simultaneously belong to both worlds, but to neither. Many Codas go on to become professional interpreters, and their unique childhood experience and identities create a space of complexity within the interpreting community. Older Codas grew up in a time before technological aids to the Deaf were available, or professional ...


Discourse Features In An Asl Catholic Homily: Pausing, Listing, And Mouthing, Nancy DeKorte Sullivan 2018 St. Catherine University

Discourse Features In An Asl Catholic Homily: Pausing, Listing, And Mouthing, Nancy Dekorte Sullivan

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This paper describes an initial discourse analysis of a homily (sermon) given in American Sign Language (ASL) at a Catholic mass in the presence of a Deaf congregation. The data for the analysis was obtained using a digital video recording made as the homily was being presented. Using ELAN, a program developed for linguistic analysis, the homily was transcribed. Discourse features that make this homily coherent, interesting, and engaging were noted. While many features were observed, three were chosen for analysis: pausing, listing, and the prolific presence of mouthing English words throughout the ASL discourse. The structure of the Catholic ...


Exploring The Work Of K-12 Interpreters At One School For The Deaf, Lena K. Stavely 2018 St. Catherine University

Exploring The Work Of K-12 Interpreters At One School For The Deaf, Lena K. Stavely

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

Emergent signers are Deaf students with a spoken language foundation who are learning within educational environments where ASL is the shared and dominant language. Emergent signers’ growing presence within Deaf school classrooms has created a new opportunity in educational interpreting research because they require spoken language interpreting services while learning within these settings. Interpreting is produced primarily from ASL to spoken English. This pilot case study illuminates the factors that influence interpreters’ decision-making in an ASL-dominant K-12 educational setting, at one school for the Deaf. Furthermore, the study documents strategies used by interpreters in response to those factors. This project ...


Language Preferences Of Deaf Employees At The Department Of Defense, Trisha H. Montgomery 2018 St. Catherine University

Language Preferences Of Deaf Employees At The Department Of Defense, Trisha H. Montgomery

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

In the last 10 years, the workplace setting has become a new research topic in the field of signed language interpreting. This research, an adapted study from Birr (2010), looked at the language preferences among Deaf employees at the Department of Defense (DoD). Participants assessed an interpretation from spoken English to American Sign Language (ASL) and a transliteration from spoken English to contact sign. They then provided feedback regarding the two language models and which language model they preferred for each of eight specific settings commonly found in the federal government environment. This study considered various factors influencing the language ...


Meeting The Interpreting Needs Of Deaf And Hard Of Hearing High School Students, Ursula P. Dierauer 2018 St. Catherine University

Meeting The Interpreting Needs Of Deaf And Hard Of Hearing High School Students, Ursula P. Dierauer

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This small scale pilot study asked how deaf and hard of hearing high school students currently perceive the effectiveness of their educational interpreting services and how those same students suggest interpreting services could be improved. In order to do so data was collected via survey and focus group from deaf and hard of hearing students attending a large Midwestern school district. Results yielded themes regarding student comfort with interpreters, student satisfaction with interpreters, logistical issues with an interpreted education, interpreter attributes, and ways in which students could work alongside interpreters. From these results recommendations to the school district and educational ...


Collaboration With Interpreters In K-12 Education, Karen E. Brimm 2018 St. Catherine University

Collaboration With Interpreters In K-12 Education, Karen E. Brimm

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

Educational interpreting for students who are Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH), like other interpreting specializations, involves much more than linguistic competence, message management skills, and cultural competence. An educational interpreter uses those skills and competencies within the K-12 environment populated by other educational professionals (e.g., related services personnel and teachers). Best practices in educational interpreting suggest that collaboration between the interpreter and the rest of the IEP team is fundamental. However, strategies for such collaboration are not outlined in the literature. This two-phase study examined collaboration in the K-12 school setting between educational interpreters and other educational professionals ...


Exploring The Racial Microaggressions American Sign Language–English Interpreters Commit, Cheryl Gallon 2018 St. Catherine University

Exploring The Racial Microaggressions American Sign Language–English Interpreters Commit, Cheryl Gallon

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This phenomenological case study explores the racial microaggression committed by ASL– English interpreters. Data regarding microaggression events were collected by documenting experiences of Deaf People of Color through semi-structured interviews. To date, there is not any identified research investigating this topic. The field of professional sign language interpretation has a historical praxis of centering White epistemologies, while marginalizing the lived experiences of both Deaf and hearing People of Color in both formative interpreter education, as well as professional trainings. The growing interest in topics relating to social justice in the field of sign language interpretation has brought about an increase ...


Firefly, Michelle Park, Paramanand Deginal, Naser Madi, Elena Blaginykh 2018 Kent State University

Firefly, Michelle Park, Paramanand Deginal, Naser Madi, Elena Blaginykh

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Purse designs changed over the years but we have yet to see a big leap in the purse world. Firefly is a smart purse that incorporates technology to enhance communication in everyday life. Crafted out of fiber-optic material and a 3D-printed Firefly decal, this purse incorporates a removable small computer that easily links up to the owner’s cellular device. Upon receiving a notification, the purse fabric lights up in various beautiful patterns, just as fireflies do when they communicate. Offering a rich range of notification patterns that capture users attention, and creating a new form of wearable technology experience ...


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Students Report On Experiences With Instructors In Interpreter Education Programs, Ann Adamiak 2018 Western Oregon University

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: Students Report On Experiences With Instructors In Interpreter Education Programs, Ann Adamiak

Master's of Arts in Interpreting Studies (MAIS) Theses

This research study was exploratory in nature, seeking to gather and document the experiences and perceptions of current and former students in interpreter education programs with the focus of interpreting between signed language and spoken language in the United States. Data was collected through an online survey for a three-week period, resulting in 514 consenting respondents from 40 states and 126 distinct interpreter education programs. The mixed methods study included quantitative and qualitative questions. The qualitative responses were coded, and emergent themes were identified in a grounded theory approach (Corbin & Strauss, 1990; McMilan & Schumacher, 2009; Strauss & Corbin, 1994, 1998). In this study, the data-driven themes have been limited to two top 10 lists for the most prevalent categories of positive and negative experiences with instructors. The findings show that the top 10 negative categories of student-reported experiences with faculty are: Personality; Feedback/Grading; Classroom Management; Intolerance for Others; Lack ...


Bridging The Communication Gap: Using Asl To Improve Communication With Students With Disabilities, Jamie Kane, Kaitlyn O’Hara, Scott Miles 2018 Daemen College

Bridging The Communication Gap: Using Asl To Improve Communication With Students With Disabilities, Jamie Kane, Kaitlyn O’Hara, Scott Miles

Academic Festival Posters

Children with disabilities, including Down Syndrome and Autism, can often face challenges when communicating with their peers in the early childhood classroom. Communication is essential in order for children to develop cognitively and socially, both in the classroom and at home. There are various methods and strategies to improve a child’s communication. One prominent technique is to use American Sign Language (ASL). ASL has been shown to improve communication in early childhood, ranging from student-to-student and student-to-teacher/parent interactions. Using ASL in early childhood is an important, initial step at bridging the communication gap, because young children learn to ...


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