Salient Linguistic Features in Source Language



Transition to Oralism

Frustration – shows in facial expressions/NMS
Sadness – talking about Oral schools in Europe
Sense of Agreement


National Convention of the Deaf

Introductions are very mechanical – I AM, LABEL: Name, FROM.  No facial expressions, trying to focus the attention on the names maybe?
A new person walked onto stage – new interpreter voice?
A place to debate – some anger, some concern
Use of whole body 


Milan Conference

Each speaking person has an interpreter
Happy tone – the hearing people seem happy to be there.
The group all talks at once – overlap
Edward Miner Gallaudet – walks out late on stage, strongly opposes Oralism, “screams” NO!
Another woman walks on stage – very slow speech, formal, mechanical.
Use of formal signs for the audience – easier to see


The Clash of Communication Philosophy

Edward – very concerned tone
Alexander Graham Bell – angry and harsh tone, slow speech
AGB’s interpreter mimics his actions, walks back and forth for emphasis
Can’t see the interpreter in some parts
Individual speakers use one interpreter for all – speak harshly like AGB
AGB – sounds pleased with himself after proposing his plans, smiles
AGB and Edward argue about what is best for deaf children – AGB uses degrading speech
George Veditz –hard to see signs, signs faster than actual Veditz, English word order.