"American Sign Language, Philly Style" at World Cafe Live

Aug 16, 2016 at - | World Cafe Live; 3025 Walnut Street

Meredith Tamminga, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, and Jami Fisher, Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, and Coordinator, ASL Program will present "American Sign Language, Philly Style" on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, from 6-7 p.m. at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street). 

American Sign Language in Philadelphia is anecdotally different from variations of ASL in other places; ASL Program Coordinator and Department of Linguistics Lecturer Jami Fisher and Assistant Professor of Linguistics Meredith Tamminga want to know why. Through interviews with members of the local deaf community and a collaboration with Gallaudet University, they’re working to answer questions like what differentiates Philly ASL and how scientists might better understand regional variation. Eventually, they want to turn what they’ve documented of this “accent” into an online, openly available resource. For this café, the researchers will discuss the project’s progress and share some of their interviews. ASL and English interpretation will be provided.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research at the Penn Science Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Amanda Mott at 215-898-1422 or email at ammott@upenn.edu <mailto:ammott@upenn.edu>.

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.