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  • 1. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 A Study in Vague Language - Advanced Daniel Greene, MA, NIC Master
  • 2. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Workshop Description Participants will search written, spoken, and signed texts for vague language (VL); participants will devise and perform translations for vague texts; participants will practice interpreting vague texts both consecutively and simultaneously; participants will analyze vague language in consumer interactions and make ethical decisions using critical thinking, including the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct and Demand- Control Schema.
  • 3. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Learning Objectives 1.List tenets and exemplary behaviors from the NAD-RID CPC that pertain to interpreting vague language (VL). 2.Name five ways an interpreter might interpret VL. 3.Develop ethical and linguistic strategies for handling VL. 4.Create an action plan for further study of VL and practice of interpreting VL.
  • 4. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 1 fifteen– minute break Agenda 3 CEUs3 hours =
  • 5. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Who am I? Recently got my Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies, with an emphasis in Teaching Interpreting, from Western Oregon University, where I wrote my thesis “Keeping it vague: A study of vague language in an American Sign Language corpus and implications for interpreting between English and American Sign language.”
  • 6. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Who are you? In what settings do you work: K-12, postsecondary, community, conference, legal, medical, mental health, performing arts, religious, video Have you taken any of my VL workshops or read about VL? Do you encounter VL in your work? What do you do with it?
  • 7. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Questions? Stop me, or Wait-n-see, or Pass me a note, or Email me@danielgreene.com ?
  • 8. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Interpreting without Interrupting Strategies for interpreting vague language without asking for clarification
  • 9. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Drawbacks to Interrupting Breaks flow of conversation, throws off train of thought Shifts focus from consumers to interpreter Assumes responsibility for communication Deprives consumers of natural consequences, self-correction, and rapport Defeats the purpose of VL
  • 10. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Interpreting VL ENG-ASL Vague body language, facial expression, and mouth morphemes (adverbial and adjectival modifiers) Vague signs such as ETC., WELL, LIKE, VARIOUS-THINGS, TIME- PASSING Creative expressions that convey a message that is equivalently vague in ASL as the English message. Passive voice or non-agent construction (e.g., “I was called” or TAP(me)– ON–SHOULDER)
  • 11. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Interpreting VL ENG-ASL (continued) Transliteration Fingerspelling— (if you can’t make sense of what you’re hearing but you got the sounds of it). Approximation— “Sounds like…” (good with f/s) “Something to the effect of…” “Something about…” Check w/consumer: Hearing: “…and you know what that means…” You: “KNOW MEANS YOU?” Make the implicit explicit if you have to.
  • 12. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Interpreting VL ASL-ENG All the vague words we learned in MadLibs Vague personal pronouns— one, they, someone, e.g., “When one is hungry, one will do anything to eat.” “They pushed it.” “Someone wanted something.” Gerunds (verbs ending with –ing); e.g., “The flashing of the lights was distracting,” (who was flashing the lights?) or, “When the packing was done, it was time to go” (who was packing or going?). “There was a lot of fighting going on” (who was fighting?).
  • 13. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Game: Interpret VL w/o interrupting Pair up and choose who interprets first. Attend to the source text and interpret VL in four different ways: 1.Ignore/omit vague language. 2.Make vague language less vague. 3.Make non-vague language vague. 4.Make vague language equivalently vague.
  • 14. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 VL examples to interpret 1. Open the container 2. Remove the seal 3. Procure the substance “I think you should see the widgets arrive in a timely fashion.” “All this Mexican food is going make for an interesting afternoon.” Well, I think I’d kinda like if we tried to start sometime around two-ish.
  • 15. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Vague Language Samples to Interpret
  • 16. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 In Search of the Unspoken (2011) Vague Language in Formal ASL
  • 17. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Clerc Center Announcement Janet Weinstock
  • 18. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 “Party Political Speech” —Peter Sellers
  • 19. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 “Party Political Speech” Peter Sellers, 1958
  • 20. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 ... My friends, in the light of present-day developments let me say right away that I do not regard existing conditions likely. On the contrary, I have always regarded them as subjects of the gravest responsibility and shall ever continue to do so. Indeed, I will go further and state quite categorically that I am more than sensible of the (exact) definition of the precise issues which are at this very moment concerning us all. We must build, but we must build surely.— Hear, hear!—Let me say just this: If any part of what I am saying is challenged, then I am more than ready to meet such a challenge. For I have no doubt whatsoever that whatever I may have said in the past, or what I am saying now, is the exact, literal and absolute truth as to the state of the case.—Hear, hear!—I put it to you that this is not the time for vague promises of better things to come. For, if I were to convey to you a spirit of false optimism, then I should be neither fair to you nor true to myself. But does this mean, I hear you cry, that we can no longer look forward to the future that is to come? Certainly not! Voice from the audience: What about the workers? “What about the workers?”; indeed sir! Grasp, I beseech you, with both hands [Aside: I’m so sorry, I beg your pardon, madam.] the opportunities that are offered. Let us assume a bold front and go forward together. Let us carry the fight [noise of a blow being struck] against ignorance to the four corners of the earth because it is a fight which concerns us all. Now, finally my friends, in conclusion, let me say just this: [SILENCE]
  • 21. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 “The Boys” Keane, from the album Strangeland, 2012.
  • 22. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 The boys are grinning from the photograph It's Friday night and they're trying so hard The sun is dropping and they want to go Driving into town to see some girls they know The boys, blazing on a summer night Girls they want to watch them ride Is that the way it was before? Cause I don't remember Boys, friends at every bar in town Running all the good days down Is that the way it was before? Cause I don't remember We felt like fighters when we caught the plane Until that day we'd never heard its name We did some things we didn't understand And now we feel like strangers in our own land The boys, blazing on a summer night Girls they want to watch them fight Is that the way it was before? Cause I can't remember Boys, friends at every bar in town Running all the good days down Is that the way it was before? Cause I can't remember This photograph, I hold it when I sleep Cause people soon stop asking When I cannot explain what I have seen And at the bars in town All the boys in town Are running all the good days down Running all the good days down Running all the good days down All the good days down
  • 23. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 “Immigrants” NCSLGR Corpus Steven McCullough
  • 24. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 “Accident” NCSLGR Corpus Michael Schlang
  • 25. Created by Daniel Greene in 2013 Contact me @ DanielGreene.com me@danielgreene.com