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Dr. Joseph C. Hill gives a comprehensive overview of the studies on the emergence, maintenance, and structure of Black ASL from 1960s to present. The historical and linguistic changes in Black ASL align with the U.S. educational, political, and cultural landscapes which are identified as the sociolinguistic and geographical factors in the formation of Black ASL. As the recognizable part of the linguistic structure of Black ASL, phonology, morphology, and discourse are the features that make it a distinct variety of ASL based on the publications in 1970s and 2010s. Dr. Hill concludes with the future directions in the study of Black ASL that continues to evolve over time with the ever shifting culture and ideology.

The lecture will be given in American Sign Language. Spoken English interpretation will be provided

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The Graduate School Public Lectures, University of Washington

“Emerging Trends in the Study of Black ASL: History Structure, and People”

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Joseph Hill

Assistant professor in the department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, National Technical Institutes for the Deaf (NTID).

About the Lecturer: Joseph C. Hill is Assistant Professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education at the National Technical Institutes for the Deaf (NTID). NTID is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Rochester, New York. His main research interests are socio-linguistic and historical aspects of African-American variety of American Sign Language (ASL), namely Black ASL, and language attitudes and ideologies in the American Deaf community. To learn more about Joseph Hill, visit the full event webpage

Date and Location

March 13, 2019
7:30 PM
UW Seattle

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