American Sign Language

American Sign Language

by Deborah Kent
     
 

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American Sign Language incorporates facial, hand, and body gestures and movements for its users to communicate thoughts, concepts, feelings, and other information. The language dates back to the early 1800s when deaf students combined their own sign language with the French Sign Language they learned in school. ASL has become one of the most common languages in the

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American Sign Language incorporates facial, hand, and body gestures and movements for its users to communicate thoughts, concepts, feelings, and other information. The language dates back to the early 1800s when deaf students combined their own sign language with the French Sign Language they learned in school. ASL has become one of the most common languages in the United States today. Learn more about this important language and its fascinating history.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This overview of the history of ASL covers all of the high points from the pioneering efforts of Abbe de L' p e in the 18th century to today's cochlear implants. Although the text isn't exciting, Kent does present the manual communication versus speech debate in a fairly lively manner, even though her bias is clearly pro-sign language. Rather than presenting various signs or the manual alphabet, the author explores the development of different modes of signing, including finger spelling, cued speech, and total communication (both speech and signs). The photos are merely decorative. A quibble: The author refers to "Pidgeon Signed English," which of course should be "Pidgin Signed English."-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531120187
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
Watts Library
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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