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2023 Annual Conference: All Day Saturday

  • Saturday, March 11, 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • 1500 Queen Street Beaufort, SC 29902

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SC RID Conference 2023 will be hosted in the beautiful Beaufort SC at the Hilton Garden Inn. Join us Friday and Saturday for entertainment and workshops features Wink Smith and Dr. Byron Bridges!

Conference Schedule

Saturday March 11th 

8:00 - 9:00


9:00 - 12:00

Workshop A: "Depiction" presented by Wink Smith

Have you ever been told to show more and tell less? Or that your use of space is amazing? Or has anyone asked you what “discourse mapping” is? Are there differences between a classifier and a depicting verb? All these questions are related to depiction. Depiction in linguistics is a cognitive phenomena that has observable manifestations that surround the body. However, the term depiction has an unspecialized colloquial definition in the field of interpreting that can lead to an oversimplified thinking about it and its cognitive underpinnings. 

In this workshop, I will distinguish what depiction is for sign languages and spoken languages and provide a cursory introduction to the features that are considered depictive. We will also explore the notion of what depiction actually “shows” and what cognitive operations underpin it. We will then compare and contrast the linguistic notion of depiction with other terms that have attempted to classify the same phenomena.

Workshop B: "Reading Body Language in ASL" presented by Dr. Byron Bridges

Language, as we know it, is very much an integral part of humanity.  We need it to communicate our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with others.  Language is also used in a way where it allows us to bond with people and come together like a community.  Non-verbal communication plays a major role in our daily activities.  This workshop will focus on reading body language when someone is signing in ASL. We will be studying many different perspectives: proximity, Body language, kinesics, and nonverbal gestures.  This workshop will be an eye opener even for the most experienced interpreter.

12:00 - 1:30

Lunch provided by SC RID

1:30 - 2:30

SC RID Business Meeting

3:00 - 5:00

"ASL Idioms" presented by Dr. Byron Bridges

American Sign Language is the main language of members of the deaf community in the United States. One component of their language is the use of idioms. The validity of these idioms has often been questioned or confused with metaphorical language. This workshop will cover the ASL idioms that are in the ASL language.

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