The 5th Parameter in ASL
Do you feel something is missing in your ASL teaching? Chances are it’s the 5th parameter in ASL. Do you know where to find adjectives or adverbs in ASL? How about expressing intonation in ASL? Most sign language books do not cover this topic. This workshop will help you better understand ASL and how the 5th parameter can help you become a better ASL teacher. Upon completion of this workshop, you will start seeing mouth morphemes in its paralinguistic features like never before. This is a must for those who want to have a good foundation for the next workshop called the 6th Parameter. Yes, there is new research about this. You must take this workshop to have a better grasp of what the 6th parameter is all about. Come and see what new materials you can use for your ASL class.
Born deaf to deaf parents and growing up with a deaf sister, Dr. Byron W. Bridges has used ASL as the primary language throughout his whole life. He attended deaf schools and public schools. Dr. Bridges earned his Bachelors’ of Arts degree in Deaf Studies at California State University of Northridge, Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, and a doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. Dr. Bridges passion for ASL and deaf culture has prompted him to become heavily involved in deaf sports, deaf clubs, deaf fishing groups, and state/national deaf organizations. Dr. Bridges co-authored the book, Deaf Tend Yours. He has written video scripts and produced over 80 deaf-related videotapes/DVDs. He is a nationally-known teacher and lecturer in ASL and sign language interpretation. Dr. Bridges has been in the field of ASL linguistics, interpreting and post-secondary teaching of ASL as a second language for 30 years. He was a certified deaf interpreter (CDI), earning the certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Dr. Bridges currently is a coordinator for Teaching ASL (TASL) at University of Northern Colorado.