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Learning American Sign Language Beginning and Intermediate, Levels 1-2

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ISBN-10: 0205275532

ISBN-13: 9780205275533

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Tom Humphries, Carol Padden, Robert Hills, Peggy Lott, Daniel Renner

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Learning American Sign Language: Levels I & II--Beginning & Intermediate, Second Edition, is a major revision of the First Edition, designed to help learners successfully interact with deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users. Written by two leading authorities in the field, the text is used as the basic text for a one-semester or full-year course in ASL. Lessons are structured around language needed for common-life situations, and examples are presented in the form of dialogues coupled with grammar and vocabulary instruction. Information is also included about the culture of Deaf people in the United States. The book is supported by a new videotape and an instructor's manual.
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Book details

List price: $179.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 7/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 8.90" wide x 10.80" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

Tom Humphries covers the GAA and other sports for the Irish Times, and is the bestselling author of Laptop Dancing and the Nanny Goat Mambo and other books.

Carol Padden is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego.

To the Student
Sign Models
Introductions and Personal Information
Grammar: Information questions
Culture: Using first and last name in introductions
Personal Information
Grammar: Yes/No questions
Grammar: Simple affirmative sentences with head nodding
Grammar: Simple negative sentences with head shaking
Culture: Deaf, Deaf people's term for themselves
More Personal Information
Grammar: Repeating pronouns
Culture: Difference between Where Live? and Where from?
Learning ASL
Going to Class
Grammar: Answering yes/no questions by repeating the verb from the question
Grammar: There made in approximate direction of place even when not in sight and to show specific location; also Here
Objects in the Classroom
Grammar: Information questions: question sign before, after, or both before and after
Showing You Understand and Asking for Help
Note: Other ways to ask for help
Note: Use of Oh-I-See
Asking Politely
Grammar: Verbs that change movement to show location: Go/Come, Bring/Carry, etc.
Grammar: Verbs that change movement to indicate subject and object: Give, Help, Tell, etc.
Interruptions and Apologies
Culture: Saying Excuse-Me when walking between two people
Physical Appearance
Grammar: Look^Like? questions
Grammar: Adjectives used to describe hair
Grammar: Adjectives used to describe height and weight
Grammar: Descriptive adjectives before and after nouns
Grammar: Altering signs to show detail such as direction of stripes, etc.
Personality and Character
Grammar: Topicalizing subjects and objects
Polite Commands
Culture: Flashing lights to get attention and other ways to get attention
Grammar: Verb pairs: Requests Open/Close-Door, etc.
Grammar: Noun-verb pairs
Requests to Do Something
Note: Use of Don't Mind
Note: Use of for Me
More Requests
Note: Verb pairs involving turning things on and off
Expressing Yourself
How You Feel
Note: Form of All-Day, All-Night, etc.
Opinions and Preferences
Note: Use of Wow!
Grammar: Negative incorporation: Don't-Like, Don't-Know, Don't Want
Grammar: Other negative forms: Not Surprised I, Not Satisfied I, etc
Grammar: Use of modals: Must, Should, Can Will
More Descriptions
Objects and Their Location
Grammar: Classifier predicates showing size and shape
Grammar: Classifier predicates showing instrument to indicate movement
Objects, Number, and Location
Grammar: Classifier predicates to indicate locational relationships
How Many
Grammar: Plurals using quantifiers: Many, Some, Several, A-Few
Grammar: Plurals using numbers
Grammar: Minute, Hour, Day, etc. incorporating numbers
Family and Friends
Family Information
Culture: Asking and giving information about a person's family background
Culture: Establishing whether hearing members of a family sign or not
Family Relationships
Grammar: Past, present, and future tenses using time signs
Grammar: Personal pronouns incorporating number
Friends and Acquaintances
Note: Use of Finish
More Descriptions
How Others Look
Note: Whispering in sign
Grammar: Use of numbers to show age, time, count
Note: Humorous variation on CL:55
Grammar: Contraction of Know and That: Know^That
Culture: Schools for the Deaf
Physical Features
Grammar: Variation on CL:B
At Home and Daily Living
Your Residence
Grammar: More verbs that change movement to show subject and object: Borrow, Take, Summon, Choose
Grammar: Classifiers representing category and with movement
Objects in Your Residence
Grammar: More classifiers showing size and shape and outline: CL:C[two right arrows], CL:B, CL:11
What You Do Every Day
Grammar: Form of Every-Morning, Every-Night, etc.
Note: Signs derived from fingerspelling
Grammar: Form of Every-Saturday, Every-Tuesday, etc.
Food and Food Shopping
The Menu
Note: Use of Run-Out and Deplete (for containers)
Grammar: Negatives of modals: Can't and Won't
Grammar: Use of None to show no quantity and as a negative: See^None, Hear^None, Understand^None
Note: Fingerspelled abbreviations: L-B, O-Z, D-O-Z, T-S-P
Grammar: Classifiers CL:G and CL:BB to show thickness, width, and depth
Grammar: 1-Dollar incorporating numbers 2 to 10
Note: Use of Blank with dollar amount
Grammar: 1-Cent incorporating numbers
Offering and Declining
Food and Drink
Grammar: Non-inflecting form of Help
Offering Help
Culture: TTYs, pagers, and email
Note: Use of Breakdown, Shutdown, Wear-Out, Break
Declining and Explaining
Grammar: Structures for declining
More Ways to Express Yourself
Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction
Note: Ways to express satisfaction
Agreement and Disagreement
Grammar: Conditional sentences
Concern and Feelings
Note: Asking about someone: All-Right?, etc.
Note: Use of Gone and Die
Grammar: Structures to express emotional or physical states
Experiences and Current Activity
An Event
Grammar: Classifiers as quantifiers: CL:44, CL:55, etc.
Grammar: Finish as conjunction
A Past Event
Grammar: More conjunctions: Wrong, Happen, Find, Frustrated, Hit
Grammar: Number incorporation in Last-Year, Next-Year, etc.
Grammar: Structures for asking what happened: What's-Up?, etc.
Current Activity
Grammar: Structures for commenting on competence or expertise
Future Plans and Obligations
General Future Plans
Note: Use of Nothing-to-It
Time and Place to Meet
Grammar: More verb pairs: Get-In/Get-Out, etc.
Future Obligations
Grammar: Structures for indicating an obligation: Appointment, Promise, Duty
Culture: Captioned video, TV, films
Culture: Deaf clubs
Directions and Instructions
Note: Commonly used fingerspelled abbreviations: D-S and P-O
Grammar: Use of body to show change in direction
Descriptions of Places
Note: Use of apostrophe-S
Grammar: Use of Locale
Grammar: Location relationships using chaining of classifiers
Grammar: Use of CL:CC**
Suggestions and Advice
Note: Use of Bored
Culture: Bowling leagues
Grammar: Forms of Every-Month, Every-Year
Time and Place
Note: Confirming head nods and head shakes
Note: Use of Approximately with time, age, and money
Grammar: Structure for giving advice preceded by Should, Better, Advise, Warn, Suggest, Maybe
Attitudes and Opinions
What Others Think
Grammar: Verbs that change movement to indicate Two, Each, All
Note: More ways to express opinions
Note: Ways to express opposing values
Grammar: Quantifiers with count and non-count nouns
Recreational Activities
Grammar: Repeatedly inflection of verbs, with facial adverbs
A Sequence of Activities
Grammar: Continually inflection of verbs, with facial adverbs
Note: Use of Chat, Sign-Talk, and Sign-Fluently
Seasonal Activities
Grammar: Plural forms by reduplication
Travel--Places' and Experiences
Travel Experience
Grammar: Other verbs showing subject and object: Join and Say-Okay
Grammar: Repeatedly inflection of adjectives
More Travel Experience
Grammar: Continually inflection of adjectives
Places You Visited
Grammar: Very inflection of adjectives
Occupations and Professions
Occupations and Professions
Grammar: Use of agent suffix for some professions
Grammar: Rhetorical questions
Job Activity
Note: Use of Understand to precede a qualification, condition, or stipulation
Work History
Note: Use of Get-Regularly
The Body, Health, and Emergencies
Physical Conditioning
Grammar: Use of body pronoun
Health and Health Problems
Note: Use of Pain
Culture: Deaf people's communicative strategies with non-signers
Grammar: Use of Never and Nothing as denials
Current Events
Recent News
Grammar: Reduplication in different locations
Current Topics of Interest
Grammar: Clause as topic
Current Issues
Note: Use of Worse
How Things Are Done
A Process
Grammar: Classifier predicates showing manner of flow: CL:44[two right arrows] and CL:4[down arrow]
Width, Length, and Height
Grammar: Distance from one point to another using CL:1-TO-CL:1
Measurements and Weight
Grammar: Questions about measurement: How-Much, etc.
English Translations of Dialogues
Vocabulary Index