ASL Performatives: Shift happens

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Start: May 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM
End: May 30, 2015 at 4:00 PM


Area Special Education Cooperative 

1505 Central Avenue NW
 East Grand Forks, MN


Performatives are a commonly-occurring ASL discourse feature that include constructed action and dialogues. Often referred to as Character Role Shifting, this form of discourse can be challenging for interpreters to recognize and render accurately in spoken English due to its complex use of space and subtle movements of the eyes and body.

This fun and informative workshop will expose interpreters to principles of performatives, provide steps for how to recognize and produce them in ASL texts, and show video examples of performatives in context for analysis and interpreting practice.

While not a quick-fix workshop, this session will enable interpreters at all levels to look at their work in a new, more effective way. Shift happens, so be ready for it!

After taking this workshop, participants will be able to…

  • Identify direct and indirect address
  • Describe key principles behind performatives in ASL
  • Differentiate narration strategies in ASL and English
  • Strategize effective interpretations into English


6-hour workshop requiring some content pre-knowledge, and offering 0.3 CEUs in the Professional Studies category.

Target Audience & Presentation Language

Open to hearing and coda: interpreters and interpreting students interested in improving the quality of their English voice work. This workshop will be presented in spoken English and ASL.


$45.00 for Saturday only
$60.00 for both workshops


For questions or additional information, contact Marcia Schutt, 800-456-7589,


Special thanks to Area Special Education Cooperative, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, and Minnesota Regional Low Incidence Projects Region 1 & 2.

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