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The Fifth Edition Fully Revised with Expanded DVD

Completely Reorganized, the Long-Standing Text Reflects
the Growing Intricacy of the Study of ASL Linguistics

The standard among American Sign Language (ASL) teachers and students, the new 5th edition of Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction has been completely revised and updated with a new DVD. “In the years since the publication of the first edition of Linguistics of American Sign Language,” note the authors, “we have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to communicate with teachers and students who have used this book. During that same time period, we have been using the text in our classes and workshops. The changes in this edition reflect both our experience and the comments received from users. It is also distinguished by the arrival of a fourth author, Miako Villanueva, an ASL linguist and interpreter with years of experience teaching the structure of ASL to Gallaudet undergraduates and workshop participants.”

The authors go on to explain, “We developed Linguistics of American Sign Language in the early 1990s because of the lack of materials on ASL structure at the undergraduate level. In the years since then, as we have taught ASL structure to fluent users of the language, we have refined and revised the text. Yet, we still have the same two basic goals in writing this text. Our first goal is to teach the basic concepts of linguistics as they pertain to ASL structure. To this end, we introduce fundamental areas of linguistic inquiry—phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the use of language—and discuss the current state of research in these areas, especially including the work on Black ASL. Our second goal is to teach students to think critically about the structure of ASL and about claims that researchers make about that structure. We encourage students not to memorize linguistic facts but rather to think about language structure.” In addition, an expanded DVD provides demonstrations of all of the signs and structures discussed in the text. It also contains a wide variety of signing examples, ranging from a 1913 film of George Veditz, a former president of the National Association of the Deaf, to interviews of Deaf subjects who have been part of large research projects on sociolinguistic variation, plus Black ASL.

Be among the first to reserve your copy of this completely revised and updated text today! By using your exclusive subscriber discount, you will receive 20% off online when you type “AUG2011” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the checkout button. Or, reserve your copy by mail and receive your 20% savings.


“I opened this book one morning and could not put it down until I finished reading it later that day,” writes the SIGNews reviewer about Secret Signs, Gallaudet University Press’s first murder mystery. The reviewer continues with: “T.J. Waters did a good job of keeping me, as a reader, in suspense. It is a mystery book with lots of twists, angles, drama and real life situations. I would highly recommend this book for drama, mystery and suspense reading.” In Secret Signs, Amy Kellen, a video relay service interpreter for deaf clients witnesses a murder on her monitor that plunges her into an ethical dilemma and mortal peril. The Midwest Book Review also chimes in with praise stating, “Hear no evil does not mean evil is not there. Secret Signs is a murder thriller set in the Deaf culture surrounding Washington, DC. Amy Kellen finds that her late husband’s world was filled with plenty of corruption. In her work, she finds much to worry about, and much to love. But when murder enters the picture, she has to settle these issues and quickly. Secret Signs is a remarkable and fun read and is very highly recommended.” Read the prelude to learn more about this exciting new thriller, and order your copy here.

Author Timothy G. Reagan’s Language Policy and Planning for Sign Languages, the 16th volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series, elicited the following review from CHOICE magazine: “Reagan offers theoretical and practical reasons why language planning and policy is necessary to further educational goals for deaf children. The author observes that ‘language planning is both an academic discipline and practical activity resulting in the development and implementation of specific language policies.’ He writes the book for two audiences—those who understand language planning and policy but are unfamiliar with Deaf peoples and their culture and language, and those who are in fields related to Deaf education but do not know about language policy and planning. Reagan points out that in today’s medicalized milieu, Deaf people continue to be ignored by those making policy decisions; he argues that treating ‘sign language as a resource’ is the most productive and beneficial option for both deaf and hearing language learners. In order to become ‘self-determining,’ Deaf people must control the status and destiny of their own sign language within school environments, both in the US and internationally. Language policy and planning provides the tools to do that. Summing Up: Recommended.” Examine this volume further in this excerpt from chapter one, and order Language Policy and Planning for Sign Languages now.

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