LING 2819 Structure and Usage of Caribbean Sign Language I

Pre-requisite: None


Every Caribbean territory has a Deaf community, which has a vernacular language. These languages represent important linguistic minorities in the Caribbean. However, their structures have never been formally taught. As a result, there is a strong demand amongst educators of the deaf for more information on these sign languages as linguistic systems. This course is aimed at exposing students to the structure of a Caribbean Sign Language as a linguistic system and will introduce them to communication in a visual-gestural mode. As an exemplification of this mode, students will be given instruction and practice sentences in a Caribbean sign language to develop basic communicative skills in that language and to gain exposure to the local Deaf culture.

Method of Instruction: 2 lectures and 2 tutorials per week

Assessment: 40% in-course assessment, 60% final examination

This course is part of the Diploma in Caribbean Sign Language Interpreting and the Minor in Caribbean Sign Language, and is normally offered in Semester 1.