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by MJ Bienvenu& Dennis Cokely


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Northeastern University’s American Sign Language Program was awarded a U.S. Department of Education RSA grant for $2 million to establish the Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI). The project is intended to address the growing demand for interpreters with specialized skills to serve Deaf and DeafBlind persons with atypical language. The five-year project officially launched on January 3, 2017. During May 2017 over 50 videotaped interviews were conducted by a CDI. Interviews were conducted in metropolitan Boston, New York and San Francisco.
A language analysis team comprised of MJ Bienvenu, Dennis Cokely, Christopher Kaftan, Daniel Langholtz, and Anna Witter-Merithew worked online and then had a face-to-face meeting to analyze the interviews and create a matrix of indicants and descriptors of atypical language.
This presentation will describe the work of the language analysis team, show clips of some of the interviews and explain the matrix of indicants and descriptors of atypical language.
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Proceedings of the 2018 Biennial Conference

Reaching New Heights in Interpreter Education: Mentoring, Teaching & Leadership