Happy National ASL Day!

May ASL Bless your life as much as it has blessed mine!

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Random Thoughts by Uncle Dale: Peter Cook is the Master of All Art Forms

Hello all! Here at the Deaf Studies, Today! Mini Conference at UVU. A fantastic day.

Octavian Robinson’s interactive keynote on reexamining who is at the table, the true meaning and benefit of diversity and shared knowledge in Deaf Studies was a wake-up call to everyone (especially this straight white male). David Davenport’s lecture on Language Acquisition should be required viewing in every program.

Do yourself a favor, look that this line-up and the topics and pick one at random for your next conference. You will thank me!

https://www.uvu.edu/lang/asl/dst/docs/asl-dst-2018-schedule.pdf

But by far the best moment for me was during Peter Cook’s examination of Deaf Space.

(I got to spend time with Peter and Kieth Wann, two of my favorite humans!)

Now, maybe it was late in the day…

Maybe my brain was overfilled…

But, I almost cried I laughed so hard when Peter was explaining how Deaf Space is understood and misunderstood, and did so by telling a “Deaf knock knock joke!”

Ready?

How a person who is Deaf tells a knock knock joke:

“Knock Knock”

“Who’s there?”

Rule 529

Today was just 24 hours? Are you sure? It feels like more.

Rule 528

Legal interpreting is not as scary as you think; Medical interpreting is scarier than you think; and, Educational interpreting is more challenging than you think.

Note from Uncle Dale: Millie Continues to ROCK!

A Quiet Place is here!

97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Number one movie in the country and Millie is getting fantastic reviews.

There is a reason she is! The movie is great and she is AWESOME!

Most important, HOLY COW IT’S A SCARY MOVIE. It is like nothing you have EVER seen. You spend the whole movie on the edge of your seat… listening, oh and holding your breath.

If you have anxiety MED UP before you go!

I am teaching a class this semester called “Visual Linguistic Analysis.” The purpose of the class is to analyze how prosody impacts meaning in ASL (anyone who is fluent can tell you what was said, the skill of an interpreter is being able to discuss why you know). One of the points of analysis we discuss is genres of discourse. One of the genres is “Deaf Gain” or “because I’m Deaf I win.” This movie speaks to Deaf Gain at a level so subtle and in such an imbedded manner that I have not decided for myself if it was on purpose. In the end, who cares! Millie carries the Deaf Gain off with a skill that is frankly stunning.

The funniest thing to me is the main criticism I am seeing is the thing I loved about it; it tells you nothing that the characters would not know. The movie wastes no time explaining why, where or how. I just allows you to watch what the characters do.

I would say “run do walk” but don’t run, just stay on the sand so they don’t hear you, and get to A Quiet Place.

WAIT! WAIT!!! READY?

Took my kids to see A Quiet Place in a very quiet theatre!

I can’t wait to see where Millie goes next!

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5ac94beae4b07a3485e5539e