American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary

American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary

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Expanded to more than 1,900 sign illustrations arranged by 40 basic handshapes, this bestselling reference enables users to look up signs they have seen without knowing their English meaning, with a fully cross-referenced English index and a DVD featuring native signers forming every sign.


Featuring

  • More than 1,900 Sign Illustrations Including 327 New Signs
  • Plus DVD Showing How to Form Signs
  • Arranged by Handshape for Easy Identification
  • Complete Index of English Vocabulary for All Signs
  • An Introduction to Deaf Culture and ASL Structure

The first reference source that allows users to access ASL signs without previous knowledge of their English equivalents (far superior to those in most other English-ASL glossaries). Likely to become indispensable on many educators’ and students’ bookshelves.—CHOICE

Now, the bestselling resource The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary has been completely revised with more than 320 new signs and a new DVD. This unique reference can help users locate a sign whose meaning they have forgotten, or help them find the meaning of a new sign they have just seen for the first time. It organizes more than 1,900 ASL signs by 40 basic handshapes and includes detailed descriptions on how to form these signs to represent the different English words that they might mean. ASL students can begin to track down a sign by determing whether it is formed with one hand or two. Further distinctions of handshape, palm orientation, location, movement, and other nonmanual body signals help them pinpoint their search while also refining their grasp of ASL syntax and grammar. A complete English word index provides the option of referring to an alphabetical listing of English terms to locate an equivalent sign or choice of signs.

The new DVD shows how each sign is formed from beginning to end. Users can watch a sign at various speeds to learn precisely how to master it themselves. Together, the new edition of The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary and its accompanying DVD presents students, sign language teachers, and deaf and hearing people alike with the perfect combination for enhancing communication skills in both ASL and English.
 



Baker & Taylor
"The unique feature of this dictionary is that it is organized by handshape rather than by alphabetical order. An American Sign Language learner can look up an unfamiliar sign by looking for the handshape rather than by looking up the word in an alphabetical English glossary. At the same time, an English speaker can look up a sign for a specific word by looking at the Index of English Glossaries located at the end of the dictionary. The introduction includes a history of sign language in the United States. Detailed instructions explain the organization of the handshape sections and the ordering of signs. The illustrations are clear and are described in terms of configuration, location, movement, orientation, and nonmanual markers".--"Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Titles", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA.Organizes more than 1,600 ASL signs into forty basic handshapes and provides detailed descriptions on how to form each sign

Book News
327 new signs and a DVD-ROM have been added to this second edition of Tennant (former mathematics teacher, no academic affiliations) and Brown's (professionally certified ASL interpreter) American Sign Language dictionary. The over 1900 entries are organized by 40 basic handshapes. Also included is an index of alphabetized English glosses referencing the corresponding ASL signs; the dictionary is thus of interest to both learners of ASL, and signers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing

Featuring

•More than 1,900 Sign Illustrations Including 327 New Signs
•Plus DVD Showing How to Form Signs
•Arranged by Handshape for Easy Identification
•Complete Index of English Vocabulary for All Signs
•An Introduction to Deaf Culture and ASL Structure

The first reference source that allows users to access ASL signs without previous knowledge of their English equivalents (far superior to those in most other English-ASL glossaries). Likely to become indispensable on many educators’ and students’ bookshelves.—CHOICE

Now, the bestselling resource The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary has been completely revised with more than 320 new signs and a new DVD. This unique reference can help users locate a sign whose meaning they have forgotten, or help them find the meaning of a new sign they have just seen for the first time. It organizes more than 1,900 ASL signs by 40 basic handshapes and includes detailed descriptions on how to form these signs to represent the different English words that they might mean. ASL students can begin to track down a sign by determining whether it is formed with one hand or two. Further distinctions of handshape, palm orientation, location, movement, and other nonmanual body signals help them pinpoint their search while also refining their grasp of ASL syntax and grammar. A complete English word index provides the option of referring to an alphabetical listing of English terms to locate an equivalent sign or choice of signs.

The new DVD shows how each sign is formed from beginning to end. Users can watch a sign at various speeds to learn precisely how to master it themselves. Together, the new edition of The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary and its accompanying DVD presents students, sign language teachers, and deaf and hearing people alike with the perfect combination for enhancing communication skills in both ASL and English.
 




Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University Press, 2010
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781563684449
1563684446
Branch Call Number: 419 T255a, 2010
Characteristics: 461 p. ; 26 cm + 1 DVD
Additional Contributors: Brown, Marianne Gluszak

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