2023-2024 College Catalog 
    Oct 03, 2023  
2023-2024 College Catalog

ASL 203 - Comparative Analysis of American Sign Language to English

Credits: 3
Lab/Lecture: Three lecture.

Enhanced study of the fundamental principles and cognitive processing of American Sign Language. Includes a further study of the Deaf community and Deaf culture.
Course Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
  1. discuss the role of the classifiers in American Sign Language;
  2. discuss the linguistic aspects of verb modulation/inflection;
  3. explain the functions of eye-indexing, pronominalization, compounding, contracting, sign space referents, facial grammar, relative clauses and conjunctions;
  4. list three critical components of language;
  5. diagram and describe the sign language continuum of manually coded English, Rochester Method; American Sign Language; Pidgin Sign Language, and oral;
  6. discuss basic comparisons between American Sign Language and English semantics, morphology, phonology, and syntax;
  7. discuss American Sign Language as a living language including historical changes of American Sign Language, current trends, and future predictions;
  8. read, write, and explain the role of basic gloss transcription;
  9. and produce an American Sign Language research paper demonstrating necessary research writing skills using an approved discipline related style format.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 202  with a grade of B or better and ENG 102  , or consent from Instructor 
Grading Option: May be taken for S/U credit.