UQAM introduces major in sign language and interpretation

March 4, 2019

The Université du Québec à Montréal has introduced a new major in sign language and interpretation. A UQAM release states that the program replaces an earlier Certificat en interprétation visuelle, and that the sign language program will feature 20 courses that provide in-depth training in the theory and practice of semiotics. According to UQAM Professor Anne-Marie Parisot, the change was brought about because of recent developments in sign language research. Interpreters used to be perceived primarily as caregivers for deaf people, Parisot said, but are now recognized as linguistic and cultural transfer professionals, as well as interpreters of any language. UQAM (QC)