Date of Award
Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity
ASL & Interpreting
Cynthia B. Roy
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 mass is briefly described, providing context for the homily. Analyzing homilies given by Deaf priests will contribute to our understanding of the structure and function of religious texts and assist interpreters, interpreter educators, and other ASL users who make formal presentations in American Sign Language.
Sullivan, Nancy DeKorte, "Discourse Features in an ASL Catholic Homily: Pausing, Listing, and Mouthing" (2018). Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity Thesis or Action Research Project. 8.