What does the hearing ASL interpreters’ accent look like?
“Who Has The Sharpest Eye,” a game show is presented.
The audience cheers.
Host: Congrats! The players have been eliminated and left with only you. You have enter the final round of this game show. This is called who has the sharpest eye?! (Cheers)
The player hoorays.
The audience claps.
Host: Now you enter into the one thousand dollar level. Nice! You will need to guess which one of the two has an interpreter accent, which means one of the two has the way interpreters sign and make facial expressions. Catch that with the sharpest eye! Are you ready? Go!
The player crosses their fingers.
The screen of “Find the interpreter’s accent” presents with two signers.
Signer 1: By the skyscraper, the boat sails away under the sunshine. (With less English based mouthing)
Signer 2: By the skyscraper, the boat sails away under the sunshine. (With more English based mouthing)
Player: It seems to be number 2.
Host: Oh, why did you come to pick number 2? Player: Deafies usually include mouthing with pout lips as casually routine and less English word mouthing while interpreters usually include the pout lips less.
Host: The answer is… number 2! You are correct! (Cheers!)
The player dances cheerfully.
The audience hoorays.
Host: FYI it doesn’t mean that all interpreters have the interpreters’ accent. Some Deafies actually have the interpreters’ accent. It depends on their upbringing, right?
Host: Now you enter the ten thousand dollar level. Pick which of the two has the interpreter’s accent. Well, some sign accent on the hand instead of the neck but really is it limited to the hands? Not really, it can be facial expression too. Anyway, the accent. Ready to take a look? Can you catch it sharply? Let’s see. Go!
The player prays.
The screen of “Find the interpreter’s accent” appears with two signers.
Signer 1: In congress, republicans and democrats are in deliberation. (Looks at the sign of republicans and democrats)
Signer 2: In congress, republicans and democrats are in deliberation. (Shrinks eyes when signing “discuss”)
Player: The answer is number 1?
Host: Wow! You are right! How did you catch that? Player: I have seen Deafies usually open their eyes wide and shrink back and forth more while talking. Interpreters usually move their eyes side to side more.
Host: Oh. Interesting! I’m impressed!
Player: Sometimes interpreters register with signs and expressions can be overdone. But it happens. I don’t blame them as it happens with code-switching. It is understandable.
Host: Now you enter the one hundred thousand dollar level! That means the question will be more advanced and challenging. Are you ready to catch which of the two is the right answer? Can you catch it sharply? Go!
The player cools off themselves.
The screen of “Find the interpreter’s accent” appears with the two signers.
Signer 1: I am going to take this picture, and then take a picture of the group. (With the handshape of taking a picture more elaborated)
Signer 2: I will take a picture of it first, then the group. (With the body leaning towards the sign)
Player: I notice sometimes interpreters usually move their body toward the signs while Deafies usually elaborate more on hands. I guess the answer is number 2?
Host: Wow! You’re right! Also, interestingly, sometimes hearing people who grew up with Deafies can sign like them. Anyway (cheers!)
The audience cheers.
Host: Now you actually enter the final challenge, the million dollar level! Wow! What a historical moment! Are your eyes the sharpest? Let’s see. Get ready and catch which out of the two is the right answer! Go!
The player bites their nails.
The screen of “Find the interpreter’s accent” appears with two signers.=
Signer 1: The house party got out of control, and the police came trying to handle it. (Using ASL vocabulary for “out of control” and “try to handle”)
Signer 2: The house party got out of control, and the police came trying to handle it. (Using English vocabulary for “out of control” and “try to handle”)
Player: (exhales) From what I see, Deafies usually include “ASL vocabulary” while interpreters usually include English vocabulary like out of control vs this sign and try to handle vs this sign. It seems to be answer 2. (Fingers crossed)
Host: Amazing! History in the making! Your answer is right! (Cheers!)
The player reacts shocked with hands on their cheeks.
Host: Congrats! Awesome! This means your eyes are the most sharpest! (Claps) What are you going to do with the million dollars? I am sure you want to buy a new mansion or go on a vacation? Right?
Player: No, I am thinking about donating the million dollars to an interpreting education specifically for K-12 education. I want to improve that.
A friend of the player comes in cheering.
Player: This is my friend.
Host: Aww, sweet! Friend, why do you think the player wants to donate?
Friend: Oh, do you think for K-12, deaf students’ mainstream education lacking is fine due to lack of interpreters’ quality? Is that fine? No! Of course, we love interpreters! Invest in them!
Player: Yes! We love you!
Host: True! If not for Deafies, where are jobs for interpreters? Exactly! We love each other! We love you!