Sep 30, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

ASL 210 - American Sign Language Linguistic Structure

Class: 3 Credits: 3
This course provides a study of the structure and grammar of American Sign Language (ASL), including the study of phonemes, morphemes, syntax, and semantics. Other topics covered include the relationship between ASL, spoken and other signed languages and historical change in ASL.

Prerequisite(s): Take ASL 102  with a minimum grade of “C”.
Course Topics:
  • Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Prescriptive vs. descriptive language
  • Universal functions of language
  • Arbitrariness vs. iconicity
  • Register
  • Glossing and notation systems
  • Language variation
  • Discourse styles

Textbook information can be found on the Book Inn Web site
Required Materials:
  • Access to D2L
  • GoReact License purchased at the SCC bookstore or online

Grading System:
An overall grade of C or higher is required for transferability.

A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F 0 - 59

Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Discuss general characteristics of language and correlate how ASL satisfies those requirements.
  2. Structure ASL signs according to the phonological models presented.
  3. Identify components of ASL morphology and their effects on syntactic structure.
  4. Analyze differences between ASL and English syntax.
  5. Produce grammatically accurate meaning-based sentences.
  6. Prepare effective translations and glosses of short discourse.

For SCC Online Courses:
If the course you are taking is online, please review the SCC Online Policies that include:

  • Required materials for all online courses
  • Mandatory Attendance Requirement
  • Proctored Exams

Face Covering Requirements:
All faculty, staff and students must wear a face mask/covering at all times (absent a medical condition) on all SCC campuses when safe social distancing measures are not possible or difficult to follow. For further details, refer to the Student Guidelines for Face Coverings and Social Distancing on the SCC Coronavirus COVID-19 Information page.
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  • Academic Integrity
  • Academic Misconduct
  • Add/Drop period
  • Appeals Process
  • Class Attendance
  • Classroom Behavior (traditional and online)
  • Classroom Conduct/Expectations
  • Lab Procedures (general SCC policy regarding this)
  • Online Confidentiality
  • Services For Students with Disabilities
  • Withdrawal Policy

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