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Joseph Hill

Assistant Professor
Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Joseph Hill

Assistant Professor
Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Instructional/Support Faculty


BS, Miami University; MA, Ph.D., Gallaudet University

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
This course offers students an opportunity to integrate content areas in the curriculum through the examination and discussion of issues in the field of interpreting. While the course content and focus will vary depending on current issues and student interest, it will direct attention toward an important issue facing the interpreting profession and will provide an advanced experience of problem solving and value clarification. Students will develop and demonstrate their ability to define a research topic, gather and evaluate scholarly evidence, and present their findings in a paper and presentation.
3 Credits
Students in this course will be introduced to the study of American Sign Language in terms of its linguistic structure and use. In particular, students will learn to analyze the basic features of ASL phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics/discourse In addition, research related to variation in ASL and acquisition of ASL will also be reviewed. Instruction is in ASL (an interpreter will not be provided).
3 Credits
This course presents an introductory look at the interpreter as a bicultural/bilingual mediator, at the center of communicative activity. The interpreter's success requires the analysis of how communication (spoken, written, signed) is structured so that it is socially appropriate and linguistically accurate. This course includes an introduction to significant linguistic features and the analysis of conversational exchanges in English and ASL, focusing on the practical application of analyzing discourse.

Select Scholarship

Full Length Book
Hill, Joseph, Diane Lillo-Martin, and Sandra Wood. Sign Languages: Structures and Contexts. 1st Edition ed. New York, New York: Routledge, 2019. Print.
Book Chapter
Bayley, Robert, et al. "Perceptions of Black American Sign Language." Language Regard: Methods, Variation and Change. Ed. Betsy E Evans, Erica J Benson, and James N Stanford. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 167-182. Print.
Kurz, Kim and Joseph Hill. "The Heart of Interpreting from Deaf Perspectives." Deaf Eyes on Interpreting. Ed. Thomas K Holcomb and David H Smith. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2018. 58-76. Print.
McCaskill, Carolyn, et al. "Citizenship and Education: The Case of the Black Deaf Community." "In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History 1780 - 1970." Ed. Brian H. Greenwald and Joseph J. Murray. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2016. 40-60. Print.
Lucas, Ceil, et al. "Sociolinguistics: Black American Sign Language." "The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia." Ed. Patrick Boudreault and Genie Gertz. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., 2015. 900-903. Print.
Journal Paper
Brentari, Diane, Joseph Hill, and Brianne Amador. "Variation in phrasal rhythm in sign languages: introducing “rhythm ratio.”." Sign Language & Linguistics 21. 1 (2018): 41-76. Print.
Hill, Joseph. "The Importance of the Sociohistorical Context In Sociolinguistics: The Case of Black ASL." Sign Language Studies 18. 1 (2017): 41-57. Print.
Hill, Joseph and Carolyn McCaskill. "Reflections on the Black ASL Project." Sign Language Studies 17. 1 (2016): 59-63. Print.
Published Conference Proceedings
Bayley, Robert and Joseph Hill. "Attitudes Towards Black American Sign Langauge." Proceedings of the University of Pennsylvania Working Papers, New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 45), Vancouver BC. Ed. Betsy Sneller. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennysylvania, 2017. Web.
Coyne, Dave and Joseph Hill. "Infusing Social Justice into Interpreting Education." Proceedings of the CIT 2016 Conference Proceedings. Ed. Miako Rankin, Mary Thumann, and Risa Shaw. Fremont, CA: Conference of Interpreter Trainers, 2017. Web.
Published Review
Hill, Joseph. "Book Review." Rev. of Deaf Culture: Exploring Deaf Communities in the United States, ed. Ceil Lucas. Sign Language Studies 11 Oct. 2017: 162-165. Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Hill, Joseph. "Signing Differently: Dialects of American Sign Language in NC." Tar Heel Junior Historian. (2016). Print.