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Discourse Features In An Asl Catholic Homily: Pausing, Listing, And Mouthing, Nancy Dekorte Sullivan May 2018

Discourse Features In An Asl Catholic Homily: Pausing, Listing, And Mouthing, Nancy Dekorte Sullivan

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project

This paper describes an initial discourse analysis of a homily (sermon) given in American Sign Language (ASL) at a Catholic mass in the presence of a Deaf congregation. The data for the analysis was obtained using a digital video recording made as the homily was being presented. Using ELAN, a program developed for linguistic analysis, the homily was transcribed. Discourse features that make this homily coherent, interesting, and engaging were noted. While many features were observed, three were chosen for analysis: pausing, listing, and the prolific presence of mouthing English words throughout the ASL discourse. The structure of the Catholic ...