Sign Language Made Simple A Complete Introduction to American Sign Language

ISBN-10: 0385488572
ISBN-13: 9780385488570
Edition: 1997
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 8/18/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298

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.

Introduction
What Is Sign Language?
The Language of the Deaf Culture
Using This Book
What Is a Sign?
The Four Elements of a Sign
Which Hand to Use, Right or Left?
Shaping the Hands
The Fingerspelled Alphabet
Other ASL Handshapes
The Number Handshapes
Hand Location
Hand Movement
Palm Orientation
The Relationship Between Fingerspelling and Signing
Elements of a Rich Language
Non-manual Elements of Sign
Compound Signs
Gender of Signs
Natural and Initialized Signs
Modified Signs
Personal Differences
Regional Variations
An Evolving Language
Dictionary of ASL Signs
Concrete Nouns
Special issues: Finding the Sign You Seek; Noun/Verb Pairs; Plurals; International Signs
People
Body, Health, Sickness, and Hygiene
Work, Study, Art, and Money
Play, Leisure, and Travel
Food and Eating
Places and Furnishings
Time and Climate
Animals and Plants
Abstractions
Special issue: Handshape and Location
Feeling
Thought
Religion, Morality, and Philosophy
Action Verbs
Special issue: Modified and Directional Verb Signs
Moving and Doing
Control, Compliance, and Competition
Listing and Ordering, Beginning and Ending
Communicating and Sensing
Being, Having, Sharing, and Connecting
Describers
Special issues: The Order of Modifiers; Modifying the Modifiers; Dates and Addresses; A Special Way to Modify Numbers
Human Qualities and Sensations
Numbers, Amount, Degree, and Relation
Shape, Size, Condition, and Color
Time, Tempo, and Pace
Other Parts of Signing
Special issues: Pronouns; Prepositions; Questions
Questions and Answers
Pronouns, Indexers, and Other Stand-ins
Conjunctions and Prepositions
Etiquette
Putting It All Together
The Grammar of Facial Expression
Negatives
Tense
Putting It All Together
Humor, Piquancy, and Vulgarity
Humor and Names
ABC and Number Stories
Vulgarities
Index

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