weekend information

We are glad you are coming to the workshop. Please plan to come to the parking lot behind the Johnstone/Fulton/Smith dorms. The Google Maps directions below should bring you to that parking lot.

Registration is from 3:30p – 4:30p. Registration will be in the Smith dorm. Just go to the middle door facing the volleyball court and registration will be just up the stairs. At registration, you will also get your parking permit ($10).

Enter the middle door facing the volleyball court


SIL-UND, a summer graduate linguistics program offered through a partnership between the University of North Dakota and SIL International, welcomes you to its first workshop offered for sign language interpreters interested in adding to their knowledge of linguistics. Staff and M.A. candidates from the program will be providing the workshops during these two days. Growing our understanding of linguistics allows us to respect the similarities and differences in the languages in our field. It helps us find ways to process aspects of language that surprise us.

Friday night will open up with a linguistics refresher and helpful introductions to two linguistic analysis tools that can support self-growth and mentoring. Saturday morning will cover topics of language variation, Deaf cultural differences around the world, and interpreting in a multilingual context. Saturday afternoon will introduce relevance theory and discourse and how they can be applied. RID CEU’s will be offered through ASL Interpreting Services. ASL Interpreting Services is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for up to 1.0 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level in the area of linguistics.



See topics below for more information:

ASL Interpreting Services is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program will be offered for up to 1.0 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level in the area of linguistics.


The SIL-UND program is located at Smith Hall on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. To find directions from your location to here, you can use Google Maps below:


friday, july 21, 2017

3:30p – 4:30p registration
4:30p – 5:30p optional supper at Wilkerson Commons (pay at door)
6:00p – 7:00p general linguistics refresher
7:15p – 9:15p introduction to ELAN and SooSL
ELAN allows users to analyze video data.
SooSL allows users to create sign language dictionaries.

* You may want to bring your laptop if you would like to practice these programs on your own computer.

saturday, july 22, 2017

7:30a – 8:00a Welcome and light refreshments
8:00a – 9:00a sociolinguistics: coping with SL variation
9:15a – 11:15a deaf culture variation around the world and coping in multilingual interpreting settings
11:15a – 12:30p lunch – Optional at Wilkerson (pay at door)
12:45p – 1:45p introduction to relevance theory
1:45p – 2:45p Incorporating Sign Roots
3:00p – 4:00p introduction to discourse structure
4:00p – 5:00p a look at discourse strategies in ASL
5:00p – 5:15p wrap-up
5:15p – 5:45p benefits of graduate study for interpreters and what SIL-UND has to offer
5:45p – 6:30p optional meal at Wilkerson Commons (pay at the door)

After the last workshop, participants can attend a short 15-minute presentation about the MA program at SIL-UND.


Light snacks are included during breaks and a light breakfast is included on Saturday morning. Friday/Saturday supper and Saturday brunch can be purchased in Wilkerson Commons. If you eat all 3 meals there, plan for about $36. During the meals, you can visit with instructors and students in the SIL-UND program.


SIL-UND has limited lodging available in Smith Hall at a first-come, first-served basis which is also available to all guests of SIL-UND. If you are interested in this, please email us as soon as possible. There are also a number of hotels nearby ranging from $50 to $99 per night where you can stay.


Registration will be handled through the University of North Dakota. The registration fee for the workshop is $100. Registration prior to the workshop is required. This does not include lunch/supper meals or lodging.


non discrimination

It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that there shall be no discrimination against persons because of race, religion, age, creed, color, sex, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veterans’ status, or political belief or affiliation, and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all.

presentation language

Some presentations will be in English and some in ASL. Some may be presented simultaneously in both languages through separate presenters.

reasonable accomodation

No voice interpretation is planned. ASL interpretation will be provided upon request. For this or other reasonable accommodations, please let us know by July 7.


Cancellations can be made by clicking on and completing the withdrawal form. You will need your confirmation email receipt number to complete the process.

If the cancellation notice is received by July 14, you will be refunded your registration fee minus a $35 processing fee.

No refunds will be given AFTER July 14.