The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary

The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary

The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary

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 copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The American Sign Language Handshape Starter

The American Sign Language Handshape Starter

The American Sign Language Handshape Starter

Beginning signers can now improve their recognition of the most commonly used signs with this easy-to-follow handbook. Illustrates 800 common signs organized by topics including food, travel, family, sports and more. 800 illustrations.

The American Sign Language Handshape Flash Cards

The American Sign Language Handshape Flash Cards

The American Sign Language Handshape Flash Cards

Illustrations of 250 of the most commonly used ASL signs, arranged according to 40 standard ASL handshapes, with all of the English words each sign represents listed on the back of each card. Includes instructions for using the flash cards to teach and learn ASL.

Once Upon a Sign Using American Sign Language to Engage Entertain and Teach All Children

Once Upon a Sign  Using American Sign Language to Engage  Entertain  and Teach All Children

Once Upon a Sign Using American Sign Language to Engage Entertain and Teach All Children

This book shows how integrating American Sign Language (ASL) into story time and other educational programs can benefit and entertain ALL children, whether or not they are hearing impaired, from infancy onward. • Includes 14 complete program ideas appropriate for young learners, from infancy through high school-age patrons (plus parents of babies/toddlers) • More than 200 photos clearly illustrate signs • Resources listed include ASL Books/Media for Adults, ASL Books/Media for Children, and the ASL Manual Alphabet

Frequency of Occurrence and Ease of Articulation of Sign Language Handshapes

Frequency of Occurrence and Ease of Articulation of Sign Language Handshapes

Frequency of Occurrence and Ease of Articulation of Sign Language Handshapes

In the growing body of research on sign language linguistics, one area of inquiry considers an important component of all sign languages — handshapes — and whether the use of specific kinds increase in direct relation to the ease of their formation. Author Jean Ann provides significant clarification in her book Frequency of Occurrence and Ease of Articulation of Sign Language Handshapes: The Taiwanese Example. Ann employs a straightforward methodology in her examination of the use of Taiwan Sign Language (TSL) handshapes in five succinct chapters. In the first chapter, she discusses the two approaches linguists have taken toward understanding languages, and how these theories have influenced sign language researchers’ consideration of the ease of articulation and frequency of handshapes. In her second chapter, Ann delineates the physiology of hands and explains why certain digits move with greater dexterity than others. Ann applies this physiological information in the third chapter to construct a model for determining the ease of articulation of any logically possible handshape. She divides the handshapes into three categories, ranging from impossible to easy. In the fourth chapter, she applies her model to examine the patterns of TSL, first by describing the 56 handshapes identified in TSL, then determining how often each is used. She then compares the usage data to the handshapes’ ease of formation. The final chapter summarizes her findings and suggests implications of this work that are bound to generate further speculation and study on sign language handshapes in the future.

Reference and Information Services

Reference and Information Services

Reference and Information Services

Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, this is the perfect text for students and librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge, teaching failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format. Guided by a national advisory board of educators and practitioners, this thoroughly updated text expertly keeps up with new technologies and practices while remaining grounded in the basics of reference work. Chapters on fundamental concepts, major reference sources, and special topics provide a solid foundation; the text also offers fresh insight on core issues, including ethics, readers' advisory, information literacy, and other key aspects of reference librarianship;selecting and evaluating reference materials, with strategies for keeping up to date;assessing and improving reference services;guidance on conducting reference interviews with a range of different library users, including children and young adults;a new discussion of reference as programming;important special reference topics such as Google search, 24/7 reference, and virtual reference; anddelivering reference services across multiple platforms As librarians experience a changing climate for all information services professionals, in this book Cassell and Hiremath provide the tools needed to manage the ebb and flow of changing reference services in today's libraries.

The Canadian Dictionary of ASL

The Canadian Dictionary of ASL

The Canadian Dictionary of ASL

The Canadian Dictionary of ASL offers clear illustrations and sign descriptions alongside English definitions, making it a valuable reference for Deaf and hearing users alike. Features of the Dictionary include: easy-to-understand illustrations for every sign; specific written instructions for forming the sign; definitions, parts of speech, usage notes; tips on how to use the signs in visual conversation; and regional variations of signs. Separate sections are included on: fingerspelling, ASL handshapes, numbers, pronouns, time concepts, and geographic place names.

Linguistics of American Sign Language

Linguistics of American Sign Language

Linguistics of American Sign Language

New 4th Edition completely revised and updated with new DVD now available; ISBN 1-56368-283-4

Sign Language Research Uses and Practices

Sign Language Research  Uses and Practices

Sign Language Research Uses and Practices

The uses and practices of sign languages are strongly related to scientific research on sign languages and vice versa. Conversely, sign linguistics cannot be separated from Deaf community practices, including practices in education and interpretation. Therefore, the current volume brings together work on sign language interpreting, the use of spoken and sign language with deaf children with cochlear implants and early language development in children exposed to both a spoken and sign language, and reports on recent research on aspects of sign language structure. It also includes papers addressing methodological issues in sign language research. The book presents papers by "more seasoned" researchers and "new kids on the block", as well as papers in which the two collaborate. The contributions will be of interest to all those interested in linguistics, sociolinguistics, cultural studies, interpreting and education. It will have particular relevance to those interested in sign linguistics, sociolinguistics of deaf communities, Deaf studies, Deaf culture, sign language interpretation, sign language teaching, and (spoken/signed) bilingualism. Given the scarcity of literature on "Deaf studies", the book will also appeal widely beyond the traditional academic milieu. As a result, it has relevance for those teaching and learning sign languages, for professional and student interpreters and for teachers of the deaf.