Conjunctions are Heavily Used in English, Can ASL?
Conjunctions are heavily used in the English spoken language, such as “however”, “and”, or “but”. At the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, we teach the use of conjunctions lower level of ASL courses. There are ways to avoid signing BUT & AND specifically. This helps the students in lower levels of ASL to let go of the English jargons. The students learning ASL often want to use a rhetorical question statement for conjunctions at an inappropriate time. As they apply the skills, their role shifting improves, apply the contrastive structures and let go of English conjunctions.
April Haggard is a Lecturer in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Educational Interpreting programs in the department of Theory & Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee. April is the ASL Program and Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) coordinator at the University of Tennessee. She has over 15 years of teaching ASL and Deaf Studies related area courses. She is also President of Tennessee Association of the Deaf for two terms.
Calvin Farley is a Lecturer in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Educational Interpreting programs in the department of Theory & Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee. Calvin has taught ASL courses for 3 years. He is also the moderator of ASL POP that brings the ASL students to the Deaf community and ASL events in East Tennessee. Calvin serves as a biblical apologist speaker and has presented at various churches across the United States and Canada.