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Reading Between the Signs:
Intercultural Communication for Sign Language Interpreters

by Anna Mindess

published by Intercultural Press
312 pages
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Reading Between the Signs Workbook

Reading Between the Signs

A Cultural Guide for Sign Language Interpreters

by Anna Mindess

published by Intercultural Press
252 pages
ISBN: 978-1-931930-03-1

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Reading Between the Signs

Celebrates its 15th Anniversary with a New Third Edition

Used in interpreter training programs worldwide, Reading Between the Signs is a primary resource for students, working interpreters and other professionals. This important new edition retains practical techniques that enable interpreters to effectively communicate their consumers’ intent, while its timely discussion of the interpreter’s role is broadened by situating the debate over “Deaf heart” in a cultural context.

The Third Edition features:

"The third edition of Reading Between the Signs adds a terrific new chapter about Deaf heart and the tradition of Deaf Interpreters, and includes the reflections of several Deaf interpreters on their experiences working with Deaf consumers in a variety of settings, detailing ways we utilize cultural adjustments for more effective communication."
Linda Bove, Certified Deaf Interpreter, Actress, Consultant

“A dazzling application of the tools of intercultural communication to illuminating Deaf and hearing cultures and their differences…. This is a book for everyone interested in Deaf culture.”
Harlan Lane, author of When the Mind Hears and The Mask of Benevolence

“Adds a necessary dimension to understanding what sign language interpretation really entails—not the exchange of words for signs and vice versa but the translation of one view of life and all its meanings into another equally valid yet different view”
William C. Stokoe, Former Professor Emeritus, Gallaudet University

“BRAVO! The book is outstanding – well written, informative, and desperately needed in our field!.”
Jan Humphrey, Ed. D. Certified Interpreter, Interpreter Educator and Author of So You Want to Be an Interpreter?

A must-read! An enlightening book…a defining document in the literature of Deaf culture.”
Eileen Forestal, Professor, ASL Studies and Interpreting Training, Union County College


Reading Between the Signs Workbook

A companion to Reading Between the Signs: Intercultural Communication for Sign Language Interpreters, this workbook translates theory into practice through exercises and activities.

It expands the focus of Reading Between the Signs on two key topics: the relativity of politeness and the distinction between direct and indirect communication styles, important elements in comparing American Deaf and mainstream cultures.

Activities with the imaginary, tongue-in-cheek "Miss Deaf Manners" and "Miss Hearing Manners" allow the student to better comprehend contrasting perceptions of culturally appropriate behavior. Students are also supported in exploring their own cultural influences.

These fun and challenging exercises are well road-tested at the numerous workshops and seminars conducted by the author.

Reading Between the Signs is heaven-sent. Now along comes the Workbook to help us better comprehend, appreciate and contemplate the cultural differences. Vive la difference!”
Dr. Nathie Marbury, Professor, Austin Community College, ASL and Deaf Studies

“This is a powerful supplement to the indispensable book Reading Between the Signs. Written in a clear, entertaining style, this workbook really makes me think. Anna Mindess handles a complex topic with wisdom and wit. No interpreter or ASL program should be without it!”
Sharon Neumann Solow, Interpreter, Educator, Consultant, Author of Sign Language Interpreting: A Basic Resource Book


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