Linguistics Department Dissertation Defense – Christina Healy “Construing Affective Events in ASL” 11/11/15 at 12 pm @SLCC open area

We are delighted to announce that Christina Healy’s Dissertation Defense will be Wednesday November 11, 2015 at 12pm in the Linguistics Department Open Area (SLCC 3233). Everyone is invited to attend the public presentation which will be the first 30 – 40 minutes. Here is a summary of her dissertation:

Construing Affective Events in American Sign Language – Ms. Christina Healy

This study examined ASL constructions that denote affective events: those in which someone has an emotional response to a stimulus (e.g., in English, “The bear fascinated the girl”). Previous studies on this topic have focused predominately on spoken languages, and with Generative Linguistic analyses have centered on discussions of psychological verbs (“psych” predicates). In contrast, this dissertation used a Cognitive Linguistic approach for analysis and included both psych predicate constructions, as well as those which denote affective events through depiction, namely constructed action and constructed dialogue. A deeper understanding of ASL affective constructions can contribute to formal linguistic study, and findings may be applied in language curriculum development, interpreter training, and mental health counseling.

The department congratulates Christina for making it this far in her dissertation studies.

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