University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

SIL colloquium will feature Beverly Staley June 21

Beverly Staley will present her findings on discourse patterns utilized in Irish Sign Language (ISL) at 8 p.m. June 21, in 300 Merrifield Hall. She holds a master's in Translation Studies from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, and has experience teaching translation principles, survey, and work with sign language translation projects in nine countries.

Staley's interest in her topic began with a desire to explore what makes for a good story in ISL. In pursuit of the answer, she examines six discourse theories for their applicability to 40 ISL stories to elucidate the patterns employed in four narrative genres.

-- Douglas Fraiser, 352-215-2697,

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