Tag: vague language

  • Milestone: 250 downloads of my thesis on vague language so far

    Milestone: 250 downloads of my thesis on vague language so far

    Digital Commons tells me my thesis on vague language has been downloaded 250 times as of today. That’s a far cry from the handful of people who read a thesis that’s bound and shelved! You can read the abstract and get the PDF at no cost: Keeping it vague: A study of vague language in an […]

  • ASL is not a vague language

    Nor is any language “a vague language.” Rather, every language has vague language, just as every language has specific language. Vagueness is a natural phenomenon; not everything in life is certain, specific, accurate, or clear. Since things are sometimes vague, people must be able to use language to express this vagueness. ASL has ways of expressing […]

  • Deaf Heart, confidentiality, vagueness, and transparency

    There is currently a discourse within the American Deaf community about the resignation of two Deaf members of the board of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). The members who resigned, Lewis Merkin and Naomi Sheneman, say that the confidentiality agreements they signed when they joined the board prevent them from discussing in detail […]

  • Writing about language using italics

    When I wrote my master’s thesis on vague language, I often cited vague words and phrases. At first I put them in quotation marks, but the quotes cluttered the pages, and by the time I was ready to publish, I wondered if I should use italics instead. I used APA style*, so I consulted my APA […]

  • Thesis published on vague language (VL) in ASL and English!

    Thesis published on vague language (VL) in ASL and English!

    I am thrilled to announce that my thesis has been published online, available for all to read. The title is “Keeping it Vague: A Study of Vague Language in an American Sign Language Corpus and Implications for Interpreting between American Sign Language and English” and the URL is short & sweet: http://digitalcommons.wou.edu/theses/2/ Thanks to all who […]