General Interpreting Skill Development:
Improving Sentence Boundaries
This guide enhances general interpreting skills by providing activities to recognize and practice sentence boundaries within a narrative. Resources that include ASL and English narratives are provided below.
View ASL and English narrative texts.
Stop the text each time a complete thought is conveyed, and a sentence boundary is indicated.
List all the behaviors used to denote sentence boundaries.
Transcribe the narrative texts and highlight all the behaviors that indicate sentence boundaries (ex: dropped or folded hands, head nods, vocal inflection, and pauses).
Generate a recorded interpretation of the text and then transcribe your work.
Highlight your sentence boundaries and compare your boundaries with the boundaries you highlighted on the transcripts of the original texts.
Your Boundary Use
Record yourself telling a 4-minute story in English of a selected topic (ex: relationships, travels, and details of a hobby.)
Transcribe your text and highlight all the language behaviors you used to create the end of one thought and the beginning of the next thought.
Indicate in a different color the places where a sentence should have been denoted, but was not because of an inappropriate filler, or run-on sentence.
Re-record the story eliminating fillers and run-on sentences.
NOTE: These resources were last updated March 2021.
A PDF version of this guide is available - General Interpreting Skill Development: Improving Sentence Boundaries
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