Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog 
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ASLP 226 - Semantics/Communications in ASL I

(R only)

Examines the interpretation between non-manual facial expressions in ASL sentences and signs. Particular attention will be devoted to the study of (1) the relations of facial expressions to the signs, (2) the relations of facial expressions to users, and (3) the relations of non-manual expressions to the conditions. The primary focus will be on the ability of the student to communicate in size and space parameters, using sarcasm, exclamation, insults, and other emotive functions. The role of these functions in communicating the beliefs, knowledge, and interpretations of the participants will be considered. This is accomplished to preserve the semantics and style in communicative mode. PRE- or COREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in ASLP 200  or equivalent, or consent of department. In-class is supplemented by one hour each week in the language learning laboratory. Three hours each week. Formerly SL 226.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the correct use of word order and semantic roles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the function words such as tense, aspect, reference, and deixis.
  • Distinguish between ASL sentences and signs that can have different meanings depending on context.
  • Identify three different kinds of meaning: referential, social, and affective meanings.
  • Recognize, with 70% accuracy or better, significant differences and relationships in a group of signs through lexical items such as hyponymy, part and whole relationships, synonymy, antonym, converseness, and metaphor.
  • Discriminate among groups of the five parameters of ASL to determine the meaning of the users’ language of the use of variety of language by the user.
  • Read at 70% accuracy employing receptive, as well as expressive, skills of semantic communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding that language has social functions, as well as communicative functions, and demonstrate an understanding of the semantic role of pragmatics.

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