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Lorna Rozelle
LING 403
Seattle Campus

Structure of American Sign Language

Introduction to the phonological, morphological, and syntactic structure of American Sign Language. Topics include acquisition, sociolinguisitics, neurolinguisitics, lexicography, history, and culture. Knowledge of American Sign Language is not required. Prerequisite: LING 200, 201, 203, or 400.

Class description

This is a five credit course focusing on the structure of American Sign Language (ASL). We will be looking at the core areas of phonology, morphology and syntax, as well as topics in acquisition, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics. The class meets four hours a week; the fifth hour is a ‘lab’ hour. During this fifth hour, students are expected to work and report back on a series of projects and assignments.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and small group discussion.

Recommended preparation

This course is intended for any student with an interest in the linguistics of American Sign Language; the only prerequisite is an introductory linguistics course (LING 200, 201, 203 or 400). No prior knowledge of ASL is needed, nor is any advanced knowledge of linguistics assumed.

Class assignments and grading

• Regular attendance and participation in class discussions. Attendance at Carol Padden's 1/18 Walker-Ames lecture strongly recommended. • Assigned readings. Students are expected to come to class having read the assigned paper(s) and being prepared to participate in small group and class discussion. • There will be occasional homework assignments. • There will be a midterm and a final exam. • One written critique: There will be a short (5 double-spaced pages maximum) written assignment which summarizes and critiques one or two different articles on some aspect of ASL linguistics. Undergraduates may select from the reading list, graduates are expected to find papers not covered in class. • Final Project

30% Exams 25% Final Project 15% Critique 20% Homework 10% Participation and Attendance


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lorna Rozelle
Date: 12/13/2005