Developed by Shanna Grossinger
Time Required for Activity: 20 mins
- Semantic equivalence
- Interpreting: ASL to English
- Interpreting: English to ASL
- ASL lexicon
To practice semantic equivalence in a current events report
- translate English sentences into ASL with conceptually accurate lexical choices
- interpreting ASL text into English after practice with the text.
Step One: Prediction
This video is a report from “The Daily Moth” from Thursday, May 24, 2018. It reports on the historic win of Stacey Abrams in the Democratic primary for the Governor’s race in Georgia. Take a moment to do an internet search to learn about Ms. Abrams.
Then, predict what you think will be shared in this news report for deaf and ASL communities.
Step Two: Translate English Sentences
Here is the English transcript of the video. Practice translating at the sentence level. First read the sentence, then sign the sentence as best as you are able. After attempting it yourself, click on the sentence to see the excerpt from the video that corresponds to this part of the transcript.
Note: the grammatical structure of this video is affected by the signer reading from an English script. Pay attention to the discourse markers that the signer does use to help make the message clear.
- Tuesday was the primary elections for several states, and the spotlight is on Stacey Abrams, who won the Democratic nomination to run against the Republican nominee for state governor in November.
- Abrams is the first black woman to win a major-party nomination for governor in any state.
- She also has connections with the Deaf community in Georgia, as she worked with a Deaf woman, Amy Cohen Efron, and others, to organize a question-and-answer session that was streamed live on Facebook.
- The link to that is in the transcript.
- So Abrams has met with the Deaf community.
- Abrams posted on Facebook that she was committed to welcoming people who are deaf and hard of hearing, that it has to be in deed not simply in words. She seems really committed.
- On Tuesday night, there was a group of deaf people gathered to watch Abrams give her victory speech, with an interpreter by her side.
- Congratulations to Abrams and to the Deaf community there for building that strong relationship.
- Abrams has a big challenge in the November elections, as Georgia is a Republican-leaning state and has been led by a Republican governor for the past 20 years.
Step Three: ASL to English
Review the video and then interpret all of it from ASL to English. Recheck for message equivalency.
If you want to do a similar process with another video from The Daily Moth, click here.