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American Sign Language Made Easy

The Guide for Beginners

Learning American Sign Language (ASL) just got easier! Based on the bestselling American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary, The American Sign Language Handshape Starter is designed to be a first book for learning ASL. Readers will find more than 800 signs with which to build their signing vocabulary. The Handshape Starter is arranged into twenty different topic areas, with the signs organized by handshape rather than in alphabetical order. This unique format allows users to search for a sign they recognize but whose meaning they don’t know. This handy reference will be especially helpful to new sign language students, parents, and others who want to learn the nation's third most popular language.

The Handshape Starter also includes an index of all the English words arranged in alphabetical order that correspond to the signs in the book. Take advantage of your exclusive subscriber discount and order The American Sign Language Handshape Starter.

The Hands are the Head of the Mouth: The Mouth as Articulator in Sign Languages and Tactile Sign Language: Turn taking and Questions in Signed Conversations of Deaf-Blind People are the latest books to be added to the Signum Verlag series. The Hands are the Head of the Mouth stems from a workshop held at the University of Leiden, in The Netherlands, in December 1998 on the use of the mouth in European sign languages. Presentations and discussion at the workshop covered a wide range of issues at the heart of research on mouth patterns. Tactile Sign Language describes how turn-taking and interrogative sentences are marked in tactile sign language. Deaf-blind signers are in continuous contact by holding one anothers hands in monologue or dialogue position. In tactile conversation, nonmanual characteristics, the essential markers in visual sign languages, are effectively replaced by various hand movements. Read the introduction to The Hands are the Head of the Mouth and Tactile Sign Language and order your copies of The Hands are the Head of the Mouth and Tactile Sign Language.

Disability Studies Quarterly recently praised Robert Newbys version of King Midas, stating, “This book offers a charming retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s original tale with selected sentences shown in American Sign Language. The reviewer continues with, “For families with a child who is deaf and those interested in learning American Sign Language, this is a wonderful book....The illustrations in the book, by Dawn Majewski and Sandra Cozzolino, are excellent. Facial expressions of signs are clearly portrayed as is some very artistic signing such as the sun streaming through a window. Read the review in its entirety here. You can also view a clip from the videotape and place your order for King Midas here.


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