Sharon G. Hill

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Impact of African American Vernacular English on the work of American Sign Language interpreters
Supervisors: Dr Adam Schembri
PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics


African American Vernacular English (AAVE) as spoken in the US is a unique dialect and, since it is often viewed as inferior to Standard English, interpreters/translators have limited if any training in recognizing and understanding its common features.  Specifically, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters face challenges when interpreting for an AAVE speaker - either omitting content or skewing meaning of concepts.

My research hopes to prove the value of that dialect by conducting a mixed methods study by using corpus AAVE speech and obtaining unrehearsed interpretations of this corpus into ASL.