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Aurora, CO

  • Rangeview High School 17599 East Iliff Ave Aurora, CO 80013 (map)



.75 CEUs (7.5 Contact Hours of Skill Training Sponsored by Aurora Public Schools)


Metzger (1995) observed in the early days of sign language linguistic research that, “there seems to be general agreement that signers use their body, head, and eye gaze to report the actions, thoughts, words, and expressions of characters within the discourse” (p. 256). However, these bodily actions didn’t come with a standardized name. Some called them gestures, pantomime, and role shifting, among other things. Metzger (1995) settled on the term constructed action due to Tannen’s 1986 typology of constructed actions and dialogues. 

Constructed actions are the perceived actions that one attempts to recreate in space, however, they also may be fabricated actions from the signer’s mind. Nevertheless, the actions are construed in the signer’s mind for encoding using constructed action.

Dialogue is a type of constructed action, and surrogation is often used as a more general term for both. But does the body always report actions? Or is there another layer involved? This workshop is designed to demonstrate the body’s role in ASL depiction. In addition, useful techniques will be proposed to answer such questions as: who should be surrogated, what are the types of surrogation, and how does personification play a role? 

Wink is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for .75 CEUs at the little/none Content Knowledge Level (7.5 Contact Hours of Skill Training Sponsored by Aurora Public Schools)

Cancel at any time prior to the workshop by email via the contact form on this website. Note, confirmation of your cancellation and refund may take a few days to process and no refunds will be given onsite.

This will be an environment of respect and positivity, no discrimination or offensive behavior will be allowed

Wink, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice (RID Views, Winter 2012). Presenting workshops the last five years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend, TerpExpo) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. A fun fact: in 2015 alone, Wink’s professional travels covered enough miles to circle the Earth over three times.