Alpha Teach Yourself American Sign Language in 24 Hours

ISBN-10: 1592571301

ISBN-13: 9781592571307

Edition: 2003

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Description: A guide to the fourth most-commonly used language in the U.S. From the Alpha Teach Yourself series comes this self-paced, step-by-step approach to learning ASL. It teaches readers the unique syntax and grammar, the signs themselves, and the just-as-important subtle facial expressions and body movements.

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/2/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Overview
Taking a Look at the History of ASL
The History of ASL
The Standardization of ASL
The First Schools for Deaf Students
The Role of Education
A Ban on Sign Language
Effects of the Ban
Education Today
Understanding Deaf Culture
What is Deaf Culture?
The Values of Deaf Culture
Causes of Hearing Loss
Myths About Deaf People
Technology in a Deaf Person's Life
Using the Phone
Relay Services
Closed Captioning
Pagers
Paradigms of the Deaf Community
Introducing ASL
A Closer Look at ASL
Survival of the Language
Accents in ASL
Communication Methods
Early Acquisition of ASL
Getting Started
Conversational Basics
Being an Observer
Attention-Getting Behaviors
Barriers
Leave-Taking Behaviors
Making Culturally Appropriate Choices
Possible Scenario #1
Possible Scenario #2
Possible Scenario #3
Good-Byes
Learning Your ABCs
Knowing Your ABCs
Fingerspelling Smoothly and Clearly
Appropriate Uses for Fingerspelling
Lexicalized Fingerspelling
Crunching Numbers
Numbers 1 Through 10
Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers
Numbers 11 Through 100, 1,000, and 1 Million
Money Signs
A Look at Grammar
Nonmanual Signals
Pronouns
Topic/Comment Structure
Yes/No Questions
Wh- Word Questions
Rhetorical Questions
A Look at Grammar, Part 2
Making Negations and Assertions
Using Directional Verbs (Subject-Object Agreement)
Signing Conditional Sentences
Giving Commands
Building Sentences with Verbs
Using Adjectives
Holding a Conversation
Introducing Yourself
Meeting a Deaf Person
Typical Introductions
Name Signs
Sharing Personal Information
Background Exchange
Conversational Indicators
Introducing Family and Friends
Family Ties
Gender-Oriented Signs
Talking About Locations
Telling Where You Live
Geographical Signs
Major Cities
States
Being Descriptive
Using Classifiers
What Are Classifiers?
Classifier Handshapes
Locatives
Movement
Talking About Weather and Emergencies
The Dangers of Weather and Emergencies
Communication Barriers
Weather
Emergencies
Using Colors and Adjectives
Colors
Adjectives
Moving Around the House
House
Living Room
Kitchen
Bathroom
Bedroom
Other
Location of Things
Talking About People
Descriptions
Affirming an Identification
Referring to Animals
Animals
Describing Animals
Hearing and Deaf Dogs
Telling Time
Telling Time
Hours and Minutes
Days, Weeks, and Months
Talking About Your Life
Working in the Office
Occupations
Furniture and Supplies
Work Duties and Activities
Eating Out
The Restaurant Experience
Restaurant and Food Signs
Condiments and Extras
Being Sick
Communicating Distress
Health-Related Signs
Sports and Recreation
Sports Signs
Actions and Plays
Rankings, Scores, and Records
What Next?
ASL Classes
Resources in Your Area
Community Events
Recommended Reading
The Rest of the Journey
Appendixes
Answer Key
Organizations for Deaf People
Where to Buy Books and Materials
Internet Resources
Bibliography
Index
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