Sign Language Made Simple

Sign Language Made Simple


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385488570
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Series: Made Simple Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 231,701
Product dimensions: 7.74(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

What Is Sign Language?6
The Language of the Deaf Culture7
Using This Book8
II.What Is a Sign?11
The Four Elements of a Sign11
Which Hand to Use, Right or Left?11
Shaping the Hands12
The Fingerspelled Alphabet14
Other ASL Handshapes18
The Number Handshapes20
Hand Location22
Hand Movement22
Palm Orientation23
The Relationship Between Fingerspelling and Signing24
III.Elements of a Rich Language26
Non-manual Elements of Sign26
Compound Signs28
Gender of Signs31
Natural and Initialized Signs32
Modified Signs33
Personal Differences34
Regional Variations35
An Evolving Language36
IV.Dictionary of ASL Signs37
1.Concrete Nouns38
Special issues: Finding the Sign You Seek; Noun/Verb Pairs; Plurals; International Signs38
Body, Health, Sickness, and Hygiene48
Work, Study, Art, and Money55
Play, Leisure, and Travel70
Food and Eating75
Places and Furnishings84
Time and Climate95
Animals and Plants103
Special issue: Handshape and Location108
Religion, Morality, and Philosophy119
3.Action Verbs126
Special issue: Modified and Directional Verb Signs126
Moving and Doing127
Control, Compliance, and Competition134
Listing and Ordering, Beginning and Ending139
Communicating and Sensing144
Being, Having, Sharing, and Connecting151
Special issues: The Order of Modifiers; Modifying the Modifiers; Dates and Addresses; A Special Way to Modify Numbers158
Human Qualities and Sensations159
Numbers, Amount, Degree, and Relation170
Shape, Size, Condition, and Color181
Time, Tempo, and Pace185
5.Other Parts of Signing191
Special issues: Pronouns; Prepositions; Questions191
Questions and Answers193
Pronouns, Indexers, and Other Stand-ins195
Conjunctions and Prepositions198
V.Putting It All Together203
The Grammar of Facial Expression206
Putting It All Together210
VI.Humor, Piquancy, and Vulgarity230
Humor and Names233
ABC and Number Stories235

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Sign Language Made Simple 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Jookey More than 1 year ago
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.
lynalive More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THis is a good learning tool. It is very helpful.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i want to learn sign language really bad because i think it looks fun and i think im gonna get this book. :)