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A Historical and Etymological Dictionary of American Sign Language
The Origin and Evolution of More than 500 Signs

Emily Shaw and Yves Delaporte
Illustrations by Carole Marion

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Handshape Typology
American Manual Alphabet
Symbols and Conventions
Historical and Etymological Dictionary of ASL
     On Common Ground
     Meaning of the Thumb
     Handshape Change
     The Veiled Devil
     The Bundled Handshape
     un (One): The Hidden Number
     Axis of Time
Illustration Credits

Emily Shaw is a nationally certified ASL-English interpreter and linguist in Silver Spring, MD.

Yves Delaporte is a former director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, France.

Print Edition: ISBN 978-1-56368-621-4, 7 x 10 casebound, 360 pages, 1,047 sign illustrations, 68 line illustrations


E-Book: ISBN 978-1-56368-622-1


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