A Brief Introduction to the Structure of ASL

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A Brief Introduction to the Structure of ASL (1 credit)
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major features of the linguistic structure and social uses of American Sign Language (ASL). The course will cover four major topics:

  1. Phonology: The Study of the Raw Materials of Signs, an examination of the structure of the physical signals of ASL, the customary patterns for combining them, and the influence of signs on one another in connected discourse;
  2. Morphology: Building and Storing Words, the study of the basic meaningful units of ASL, including discussions of word creation, compounding, borrowing, affixation, and numeral incorporation.  A discussion of the use of space in ASL, including an examination of verbs with subject and object agreement and of spatial-locative verbs;
  3. Syntax: Building Sentences, the word order of ASL sentences, nonmanual syntactic signals, and discourse structures; and
  4. Sociolinguistic Applications, a discussion of language variation and language contact in the deaf community.

Prerequisite: This course will be taught in ASL. Fluency in ASL is required to take this course.
Dates and times:  Saturday, January 5, 2013,  8:30 am - 5:30 pm
                            Sunday, January 6, 2013,  8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Main Site:  Birney Elementary School
1202 S. 76th St.
Tacoma, Washington  98408
See below for remote site locations and EXT #.
Class Number: PST 361
Tuition: PST credit: $283.00 + $30.00 processing fee
Course Materials: To be provided by the instructor 
Instructor: Dr. Miako Rankin
RID CMP: Gallaudet University is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. The professional studies course is offered for 1.5 credits at the introductory content knowledge area. Participants interested in CEUs will need to submit an Academic Coursework Activity Report form upon completion of the course.

Tuition and Fees are subject to change without advance notice.

Additional Information:

Before the registration deadline: Tuition is refundable upon written request; however a $50.00 administrative fee will be retained.  Email your request to
gurc.ohlone@gallaudet.edu. Requests must be received in the GURC office by the registration deadline or refunds will be processed as noted below:
After the registration deadline: Partial tuition is refundable upon written request ($30.00 processing fee is not refundable).  Schedule is as follows:
Withdrawals after 12/14/2012 – 50% of tuition is refundable
Withdrawals by 12/21/2012 – 25% of tuition is refundable
Withdrawals after 12/21/2012 – no refund of tuition
It is IMPERATIVE that your written request for refund be received in the office of GURC@Ohlone College by the registration deadline.

  December 14, 2012 – applications will continue to be accepted after this date as long as space is available. Please note the refund policy remains in effect. The course will be offered contingent upon sufficient enrollment.  You will receive an email confirmation letter from the GURC after December 14, 2012. We recommend you do not make travel arrangements or purchase materials before the course is confirmed.

PST credit:
Courses with the prefix PST (Professional Studies) carry college credit and are designed for non-degree seeking students.  Offered for reduced tuition, these credits are not applicable to a degree from Gallaudet but may be transferable to your home institution; it is your responsibility to check with your home institution should you desire to transfer credit.

The unit of semester credit is defined as university-level credit that is awarded for completion of coursework, the transfer of coursework from another accredited institution, or the evaluation of college-level prior learning. One credit hour (at least 50 minutes) reflects an amount of work represented in the intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement for these learning outcomes. A credit hour is awarded on the basis of one of three sets of criteria. To meet the credit hour requirements, additional out of class hours will be required to complete these courses.

For further information on this course contact
The Gallaudet University Regional Center@Ohlone College
43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94539-5847
Voice:  (510) 659-6268
Video Phone:  (866) 588-4829
Fax:  (510) 659-6033
Office Email:

This course can be accessible from several remote sites around the state of Washington. The sites are
Anacortes, Vancouver, Pasco, Spokane and Lynnwood.

In order for a site to be connected, there must be at least three people pre-registered at the location no later than four weeks prior to the start of class.  Please indicate your preferred remote site by signing up for that class section on your registration form.

Island View Elementary School
2501 J Avenue
Anacortes, WA 98211
Class Number: PST 361.EXT2

Washington School for the Deaf
611 Grand Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661
Class Number: PST 361.EXT3

Educational Service District 123
3918 W. Court Street
Pasco, WA 99301
Class Number: PST 361.EXT4

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Class Number: PST 361.EXT5

Edmonds School District
20420 68th Avenue W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036-7400

Class Number: PST 361.EXT6

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