The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary DVD / Edition 1

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Overview

Now, the signs from the bestselling American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary are available on DVD. The Handshape Dictionary organizes more than 1,400 ASL signs by 40 basic handshapes, and the new DVD features a diverse cast of native signers forming all of them. Each sign depicted on the DVD includes a complete list of English glosses and synonyms from The Handshape Dictionary for reference.

This fully searchable, full-color DVD enables users to survey each of the handshape groups for a specific sign. They not only can find the corresponding English words for the sign, they will benefit from the added dimension of seeing exactly how the sign is formed from beginning to end. They can repeat a sign on the DVD as necessary to learn precisely how to form it themselves. The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary DVD presents students, sign language teachers, and deaf and hearing people alike with a perfect complement to The Handshape Dictionary to enhance communication skills in both ASL and English.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This reference complements other American Sign Language (ASL) dictionaries by organizing signs by handshape rather than alphabetically by English word order. In so doing, it acts best as a recognition tool for the ASL learner, leading the user quickly to specific signs without having first to refer to an English-equivalent word. Multiple meanings of a single sign also allow deaf people to increase their English vocabulary. Like other ASL dictionaries, introductory material includes a brief synopsis of the history of sign language, the meaning and importance of the five parameters of a sign (handshape, orientation, location, movement, and nonmanual signals), grammatical rules, sign language variations (dialects), and finger-spelling principles. Tennant, a former mathematics instructor, and Gluszak Brown, a certified ASL interpreter, have provided a unique organization in their dictionary. But readers should note that a handshape is not a sign itself but rather a characteristic of a particular sign. Each individual sign presented in this dictionary is illustrated, paired with English-equivalent meaning(s), and described in terms of the five parameters, making it useful as a teaching reference as well as a recognition tool. A worthwhile complement to a public or academic library collection.Andy Wickens, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Booknews
Organizes 1,600-plus ASL signs by 40 basic hand shapes rather than in alphabetical word order. This format allows users to search for a sign that they recognize but whose meaning they have forgotten or for the meaning of a new sign they have seen for the first time. The entries include descriptions of how to form each sign to represent the varying terms they might mean. Index of English glosses only. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563683374
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Format: DVD - NTSC
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Sales rank: 948,922
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Tennant, a former mathematics teacher who has studied American Sign Language extensively, resides in Acra, NY.

Marianne Gluszak Brown, a child of deaf parents, is professionally certified by the American Sign Language Teachers Association and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She works in Palisades, NY.

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