Grasp the Basics of American Sign Language Quickly and Easily
Author: Irene Duke
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
"I love you." "What can I get you?" "Let's take a walk." Wanting to say simple things like these but not being able to is frustrating and disheartening—but learning how to communicate can be easy and fun! This book is a basic guide to the alphabet, vocabulary, and techniques it takes to connect using American Sign Language. Whether signing out of necessity or learning for the sake of growing, you will enjoy this practical primer. After reading this book, you will be able to use American Sign Language in a social, educational, or professional setting. Whether the goal is to communicate with hearing-impaired grandparent, a child with special needs in school, or an infant, people learn sign language for many different reasons. Easy to read and reference—and complete with images and examples of common signs—this basic guide allows you to make a meaningful connection that's otherwise impossible.
This is an illustrated activities manual featuring more than 300 line drawings of both adults and children signing familiar words, phrases and sentences using American Sign Language (ASL) signs in English word order. This revised edition offers more follow-up activities.
Teaching American Sign Language as a Second Language
Author: Sherman Wilcox
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Presents the steps necessary to design a curriculum for teaching training interpreters. This revised edition reflects the significant gains in recognition that deaf people and their native language - American Sign Language - have achieved in recent years.
An important new collection of original papers dealing with essential issues and research in the learning of language by deaf people. The book addresses issues in the fields of second language acquisition and deafness, and draws upon the fields of linguistics, psychology, and education. Of particular importance is the relationship between the learning of English by the deaf and by hearing speakers of other languages. The first five chapters concern theoretical issues on language varieties among the deaf population, American sign language and the biology of language, sign language instruction, and language education of deaf children from both historical and bilingual perspectives. The second half of the book contains six original, previously unpublished research reports on topics related to language learning by deaf children and adults.
Classifier constructions are universal to sign languages and exhibit unique properties that arise from the nature of the visual-gestural modality. The major goals are to bring to light critical issues related to the study of classifier constructions and to present state-of-the-art linguistic and psycholinguistic analyses of these constructions. It is hoped that by doing so, more researchers will be inspired to investigate the nature of classifier constructions across signed languages and further explore the unique aspects of these forms. The papers in this volume discuss the following issues: *how sign language classifiers differ from spoken languages; *cross-linguistic variation in sign language classifier systems; *the role of gesture; *the nature of morpho-syntactic and phonological constraints on classifier constructions; *the grammaticization process for these forms; and *the acquisition of classifier forms. Divided into four parts, groups of papers focus on a particular set of issues, and commentary papers end each section.