American Sign Language Dictionary-Flexi / Edition 3

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An illustrated abridgment of the most authoritative reference book on sign language, with well-written and easily understood instructions for the use of each sign. More than 5,000 signs and 8,000 illustrations. And now includes more than 500 new signs and 1,500 new illustrations.

Contains 5000+ signs & 8000+ illustrations; 500+ signs & 1500+ illust. new to this ed.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
An abridged edition of 'the most comprehensive and clearly written dictionary of sign language ever published.
Harlan Lane
Your ASL dictionary is Webster's for ASL. There is no more comprehensive and authorative source.
David Hays
Four thumbs up! Martin Sterberg's intelligence and passion for his subject gleams in this monumental work.
Dorothy Chler
A fabulous reference book, a must for everybody's library.
I. King Jordan
An invaluable and indispensable tool for the student of American Sign Language. Martin Sternberg has done an excellent job.
Bernard Bragg
Martin Sternberg has done a magnificent job of opening the doors to the resplendence and distictiveness of our visual language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062736345
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 52,319
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin L. A. Sternberg, Ed.D., is a native New Yorker. Deaf since the age of seven, he has spent most of his career working with deaf people. The idea for this book came from Dr. Elizabeth Peet, Dr. Sternberg's sign language teacher at Gallaudet University (for the deaf), in Washington, DC. Dr. Sternberg kept Dr. Peet's ideas and methods, but expanded the work greatly. Early work on the project received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare to New York University, the sponsoring institution. A graduate of the City College of New York, American University, and New York University, Dr. Sternberg has enjoyed a distinguished career as a teacher at Gallaudet, New York, Hofstra, and Adelphi Universities. HE is currently chairman of the board of trustees of Lexington School for the Deaf and Lexington Center for the Deaf. He is the author of four ASL dictionaries and a Codies Award-winning CD-ROM, all published by HarperCollins. He also received Emmy and Peabody nominations for his ASL series by the NBC network, "Speaking With Your Hands," as well as medals at various international film and television festivals.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009


    I purchased this dictionary to help with projects in my second year ASL class. There were some words that I needed that weren't in there at all, and some had the outdated sign. When I showed it to my teacher after he took points off for me using the wrong sign, he explained to me that it was the old sign and nobody uses it anymore. (this was for the word professional) I got the points back, but I would suggest purchasing a newer version if you are looking for and English/ASL dictionary.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Don't buy this Dictionary

    If you want to know a lewd way to sign virgin, or want to know four ways to sign homosexual this is the book for you. Want things like colors? Numbers? Sorry. This was a waste of money because now I must buy another.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    love it! WISH WISH WISH it would come out on NOOK. it's too heav

    love it! WISH WISH WISH it would come out on NOOK. it's too heavy to carry the whole book and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make this a NOOK book soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    EASY to use

    Makes finding the right sign soooo easy. Great for beginners as well as seasoned signers in need of a quick refresher course.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Best Dictionary

    I've only recently lost my hearing within the past few years; however, this dictionary has provided me with a great deal of help. It is easy to understand and utilize for everyday language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2003

    Awesome Resource!

    This book has been a tremendous help for me during this period of learning ASL. Yes, there is a mixture of both English and ASL words, but if you use the legend at the beginning of the book, you can decipher the difference. Great tool!

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