Sign Language Made Simple will include five Parts:
Part One: an introduction, how to use this book, a brief history of signing and an explanation of how signing is different from other languages, including its use of non-manual markers (the use of brow, mouth, etc in signing.)
Part Two: Fingerspelling: the signing alphabet illustrated, the relationship between signing alphabet and ASL signs
Part Three: Dictionary of ASL signs: concrete nouns, abstractions, verbs, describers, other parts of speech-approx. 1,000 illustrations. Will also include instructions for non-manual markers, where appropriate.
Part Four: Putting it all together: sentences and transitions, includes rudimentary sentences and lines from poems, bible verses, famous quotes-all illustrated. Also, grammatical aspects, word endings, tenses.
Part Five: The Humor of Signing: puns, word plays and jokes.
Sign Language Made Simple will have over 1,200 illustrations, be easy to use, fun to read and more competitively priced than the competition. It's a knockout addition to the Made Simple list.
Table of Contents
|What Is Sign Language?||6|
|The Language of the Deaf Culture||7|
|Using This Book||8|
|II.||What Is a Sign?||11|
|The Four Elements of a Sign||11|
|Which Hand to Use, Right or Left?||11|
|Shaping the Hands||12|
|The Fingerspelled Alphabet||14|
|Other ASL Handshapes||18|
|The Number Handshapes||20|
|The Relationship Between Fingerspelling and Signing||24|
|III.||Elements of a Rich Language||26|
|Non-manual Elements of Sign||26|
|Gender of Signs||31|
|Natural and Initialized Signs||32|
|An Evolving Language||36|
|IV.||Dictionary of ASL Signs||37|
|Special issues: Finding the Sign You Seek; Noun/Verb Pairs; Plurals; International Signs||38|
|Body, Health, Sickness, and Hygiene||48|
|Work, Study, Art, and Money||55|
|Play, Leisure, and Travel||70|
|Food and Eating||75|
|Places and Furnishings||84|
|Time and Climate||95|
|Animals and Plants||103|
|Special issue: Handshape and Location||108|
|Religion, Morality, and Philosophy||119|
|Special issue: Modified and Directional Verb Signs||126|
|Moving and Doing||127|
|Control, Compliance, and Competition||134|
|Listing and Ordering, Beginning and Ending||139|
|Communicating and Sensing||144|
|Being, Having, Sharing, and Connecting||151|
|Special issues: The Order of Modifiers; Modifying the Modifiers; Dates and Addresses; A Special Way to Modify Numbers||158|
|Human Qualities and Sensations||159|
|Numbers, Amount, Degree, and Relation||170|
|Shape, Size, Condition, and Color||181|
|Time, Tempo, and Pace||185|
|5.||Other Parts of Signing||191|
|Special issues: Pronouns; Prepositions; Questions||191|
|Questions and Answers||193|
|Pronouns, Indexers, and Other Stand-ins||195|
|Conjunctions and Prepositions||198|
|V.||Putting It All Together||203|
|The Grammar of Facial Expression||206|
|Putting It All Together||210|
|VI.||Humor, Piquancy, and Vulgarity||230|
|Humor and Names||233|
|ABC and Number Stories||235|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have always wanted to learn sign langage and this book layed it all down for me. I don't have a lot of time and patients. So it wasn't frusterating. It was layed out in sections so I could find what I was looking for very fast and simple. I hope that you enjoy this book.
This book was useful as a reference book. I used it to look up signs that I did not know right off the bat and because of the index in the back it makes it very simple to find what you are looking for quickly.
I am teaching a beginner sign class and this book is just the right pace for hearing with no prior knowledge of sign. I highly recommend it and it is a great price
I'm taking an ASL class and this was great for supplimental learning, especially since the sections are formatted very similiar to how a class would learn. You can learn a lot from this book, but probably don't expect that you'll become fluent in sign.
THis is a good learning tool. It is very helpful.
Well i want to learn sign language really bad because i think it looks fun and i think im gonna get this book. :)