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A Long-Anticipated Reference Work

The New Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary Provides a Visual, Fun, and Easy Way to Learn American Sign Language

The editors of Gallaudet University Press have produced more than 60 titles and DVDs on signed languages during the past 34 years. The latest offering is The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language. This new dictionary showcases American Sign Language (ASL) sign drawings along with full-color illustrations that make it a fun, whimsical, and instructive way to reinforce the meaning of the sign/words. In addition, sample sentences are provided using the specific word in context.

Here’s what School Library Journal stated in its starred review: “This long-anticipated and colorfully designed reference work is the first comprehensive American Sign Language dictionary for children published to date. It boasts more than 1,000 signs and includes a searchable DVD, which features young native signers demonstrating each sign and 150 of the practice sentences. Highly recommended.”

Designed primarily for children ages 5 and up, this bilingual dictionary aims to expand and improve deaf children’s English vocabulary skills while at the same time teach ASL to hearing children. The accompanying DVD includes live-action video of children signing all of the signs. It also includes adults signing 150 sentences to demonstrate how to form sentences in ASL. The DVD is completely searchable, allowing users to look up signs by scrolling through the vocabulary list. In combination, the dictionary and the DVD provide the most useful ASL resource available for children.

Be among the first to preorder your copy of The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language! By using your exclusive subscriber discount, you will receive 20% off the regular price. Order online or by mail and use the discount code “GCDASL10”.


In its current issue, Reference & Research Book News published a succinct description of David F. Armstrong’s efforts in The History of Gallaudet University: 150 Years of a Deaf American Institution: “Armstrong chronicles the growth of Gallaudet from a tiny college of fewer than 200 students just after it was founded in 1864 to a modern comprehensive American university that remains the only freestanding institution of higher education in the world designed to meet the specific needs of deaf students. He covers establishing a college for the deaf 1864-1910, growing into a new century, 1910-57, from college to university 1957-88, a deaf president in March 1988, deaf leadership begins 1988-2006, and reaffirmation and rebuilding 2007-14.” Read more about the rich history of Gallaudet University in an excerpt from chapter one, and place your order—online or by mail—today.


The Midwest Book Review states that Form, Meaning, and Focus in American Sign Language by Miako N. P. Rankin “is recommended for any collection strong in linguistics in general and deaf communication in particular, and provides a new study to consider specific types of [American Sign Language] ASL expressions and how [ASL] expresses nonagent focus. College-level students will find this assessment of ASL expressions traces patterns, meaning and various forms of focus on the agent, offering keys to understanding the implications of ASL in the teaching world in particular. [Anyone] more than lightly concerned about ASL specifics will find this a scholarly, key acquisition.” Read the author’s introduction, and order Form, Meaning, and Focus in American Sign Language, the 19th volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series, online or by mail.


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