The Directory of American Sign Language

Overview

American Sign Language (ASL) is a complex range of hand and facial gestures used among deaf and hearing-impaired communities throughout the United States and Canada. It is a rich, colorful, and diverse language, which is quite distinct from spoken or written English. This directory is a basic introduction to the vocabulary, grammar, and etiquette of ASL. It begins with numbers and the letters of the alphabet, before moving on to a range of common words and simple phrases. It is ...
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Overview

American Sign Language (ASL) is a complex range of hand and facial gestures used among deaf and hearing-impaired communities throughout the United States and Canada. It is a rich, colorful, and diverse language, which is quite distinct from spoken or written English. This directory is a basic introduction to the vocabulary, grammar, and etiquette of ASL. It begins with numbers and the letters of the alphabet, before moving on to a range of common words and simple phrases. It is a suitable guide for all newcomers to the language, and includes:
  • An introduction to the fourth most commonly used language in the United States.
  • A starter’s guide to the principles of ASL
  • Graphic illustrations showing the handshapes, movements, and facial gestures for each word, phrase, letter, or number.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435108080
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 1/25/2009
  • Series: Reference Directory Series
  • Edition description: Spiral
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 277,835
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 6.02 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Adams is a journalist who has written widely on a range of subjects and has a long-standing interest in ASL.

Professor James Womack works as an ASL instructor at the Community College of Southern Nevada. He has taught and counseled deaf students for many years, conducts ASL workshops, and has been extensively involved in community programs for the deaf. He is a member of the American Sign Language Teachers’ Association and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Great resource

    I learned the basics in just a short time. In two days I learned the alphabet with no problem. The illustrations are really great and easy to follow. This is a great book for beginners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2009

    one of the best sign language self-teaching tools i've seen

    one of the best sign language self-teaching tools i've seen. more than just how to do the signs.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    A Great Reference Book

    This book was purchased for my son who wants to learn sign language. He keeps going back to it and finding new things to sign. He has learned the alphabet, numbers, and quite a few basic signs from this book. Oh, and I should mention that he is only 5 yeard old.

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