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Try to sign the following sentence:

“When you see the Shell station, hang a right.  You’ll pass Harley Davidson, and your destination will be on the right, three buildings down.”

Where would you start? How would you sign these directions or directions to your home or workplace? What if you visited Gallaudet University and someone gave you directions around the campus.  Would you understand them?  Are you able to visualize what you are seeing signed?

Dr. Byron Bridges discusses tactics used in American Sign Language to give directions, which will assist in the development of your topography skills.

Practice Expressive and Receptive Skills

Interactive Map for Enhanced Learning

Presented in ASL with English Voice over and Subtitles.

Authored by Dr. Byron Bridges

Dr. Byron Bridges was born Deaf to Deaf parents and grew up with a Deaf sister. ASL is his primary language throughout his entire life. He attended both deaf and public schools. Dr. Bridges earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Deaf Studies at California State University of Northridge, a Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University and a doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. Dr. Bridges co-authored the book, Deaf Tend Yours. He has written video scripts and produced numerous deaf-related videotapes/DVDs. He is a nationally known teacher and lecturer in ASL and sign Language interpretation. Bridges has been in the field of ASL linguistics, interpreting and post secondary teaching of ASL as a second language for 30 years. He is a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), earning the certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

Authored and Co-Directed by: Dr. Byron Bridges
Co-Directed and Produced by: Wink
Copyright: Winkshop, 2013

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