Discourse is the complex interwoven aspects of communication. Every language and culture has discourse norms followed by those in the inner circle. The goal of this study is to examine how to effectively build discourse skills in American Sign Language (ASL). Discourse is broken down into individual segments to explicate current skill level as well as the effect of intentional practice. Intentional practice and an interpreter’s intrapersonal perspective were found to be essential components of effective ASL skill discourse acquisition. Further research is required to decipher the relationship between interpreter mindset and ASL discourse skill development.

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Action Research

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Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Elisa Maroney



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Subject Categories

Language Interpretation and Translation

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