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The New Edition of the Bestselling American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary Has Arrived

The much anticipated second edition of The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary is here! New features include over 1,900 sign illustrations, a complete index of English vocabulary for all signs, an introduction to Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL) structure, and the highlight of this new edition, a new DVD showing how to form every sign in the text, arranged by handshape for easy identification.

Our bestselling ASL Handshape Dictionary has received critical acclaim from some of the most highly respected academic publications. CHOICE magazine notes: “The first reference source that allows users to access ASL signs without previous knowledge of their English equivalents (far superior to those in most other English-ASL glossaries). Likely to become indispensable on many educators’ and students’ bookshelves.” Library Journal states: “This reference complements other ASL dictionaries by organizing signs by handshape rather than alphabetically by English word order. In so doing, it acts best as a recognition tool for the ASL learner, leading the user quickly to specific signs without having first to refer to an English-equivalent word. Multiple meanings of a single sign also allow deaf people to increase their English vocabulary. [Richard A.] Tennant, a former mathematics instructor, and [Marianne] Gluszak Brown, a certified ASL interpreter, have provided a unique organization in their dictionary. Each individual sign presented in this dictionary is illustrated, paired with English-equivalent meaning(s), and described in terms of the five parameters, making it useful as a teaching reference as well as a recognition tool. A worthwhile complement to a public or academic library collection.” And Deaf Life magazine commented by saying: “Look up the sign, find the word! It presents students, sign language teachers, and Deaf people alike with a genuinely innovative resource to hone communication skills in both ASL and English.”

Order your copy of The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary, second edition now, and receive a savings of 20% off with your exclusive subscriber discount. When ordering online, type “AUG2010” in the box labeled “use promo code” located next to the “checkout” button. You may also order by mail.


In From Integration to Inclusion: A History of Special Education in the 20th Century, author Margret A. Winzer focuses on key dynamics that consist of a retrospective overview of the paradigms that emerged from and shaped special education; a critical assessment of past progress and reform, including failures and disappointments; and an analysis of the theoretical diversity within the discipline. In a recent issue, CHOICE magazine published a glowing review of Winzer’s work stating: “Following a brief review of disability practices during the 19th century, Winzer devotes the bulk of this volume to a critical history of the trends and major events in special education in the 20th century. Although anchored in the past, the book also provides insights related to contemporary issues and concerns in the field, including recent advances in genetics, the tension between special education assessment and differential mental health diagnostic evaluation, and inclusionary practices in the context of the current educational reform movement. The final chapter, focused on the inclusion movement, provides a detailed chronology of the events that have influenced practice in the recent past, as well as the philosophical, professional, and political underpinnings of those events. The book’s appendixes contain detailed chronologies of the major social, political, and legislative events in the history of special education.” Read chapter seven, “Going to Public School,” and order From Integration to Inclusion.


Brenda Nicodemus’s book Prosodic Markers and Utterance Boundaries in American Sign Language Interpretation was highlighted in the summer issue of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education: “There is an obvious need for interpreters to appropriately utilize accurate linguistic features to provide cues for Deaf consumers. Ultimately, an interpreters’ ability to correctly emphasize the prosodic markers has a profound impact on how comprehendible the message is in the target language. Similarly, for the message to be rendered accurately from ASL to English, an interpreter must be able to recognize the boundary markers in ASL. Undoubtedly, this book provides significant data for practitioners and educators of interpreters to increase the accuracy of interpretations. The findings indicate four primary categories of prosodic markers. The research findings need to be incorporated into interpreter training programs to increase practitioners’ ability to faithfully and accurately render the message into the target language.” In Prosodic Markers and Utterance Boundaries, the fifth in the Studies in Interpretation series, Brenda Nicodemus discusses the prosodic features of both spoken and signed languages that indicate rhythm, stress, and phrase length as conveyors of emotion. Learn more about her groundbreaking research in chapter two, “What Is Prosody?” and order your copy today.


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