Rethinking Classifiers (Again): Dividing the parts and learning how to build them

  • 26 Sep 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Rethinking Classifiers (Again): Dividing the parts and learning how to build them

September 26, 2020 9a-12p Eastern

Wink Smith, Jr.

Presented through ZOOM

0.3 CEUs

There is a commonly held view that classifiers can be categorized into 8 or more types (e.g., semantic, element, body part). My own research led me to create a workshop called “Classifiers/Depicting Verbs Reduced to Three.” As my research has continued, I now see that those three - entity, tool, and tracing - can be further reduced to just a single type: entity classifiers.

This workshop will briefly describe the traditional thinking and teaching of classifiers, then identifies redundancies and other problems with this typology. This is followed by an analysis of how individual classifier components are combined with conceptual content and construal in ASL. 

This workshop is presented in ASL

Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

Target Audience: Working and student interpreters 

Presenter Bio

Wink, MA, MBA, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice, which he wrote about in the RID Views, Winter 2012 issue. Presenting workshops the last ten years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. Wink currently is working on his PhD in linguistics from Gallaudet University where he investigates the embodied motivations of depiction. (ASL:



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