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The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language

Features DVD Showing Every Sign Plus Practice Sentences

The Editors of Gallaudet University Press
Jean M. Gordon, ASL Consultant

Color Illustrations by Debbie Tilley
Sign Illustrations by Peggy Swartzel Lott, Rob Hills, and Daniel W. Renner

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This new American Sign Language (ASL) dictionary for children is published by Gallaudet University, one of the leading universities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Aimed at emerging readers, this dictionary uses cute color illustrations for the signs and easy-to-read definitions for more than 1,000 words. What sets this dictionary apart from other books on ASL for children is the accompanying DVD, which shows children signing each of the words in the dictionary. Some of the words are also included in sentences, which are signed by adults. Watching the words being signed by someone will likely help those who might be confused by the directional arrows in the illustrations. The DVD, which is easily navigable on a variety of devices, shows a multicultural, diverse group of individuals, emphasizing that anyone could be deaf. This dictionary will help deaf children broaden their vocabulary, as well as teach hearing children how to sign.

The Editors of Gallaudet University Press have produced more than 60 titles and DVDs on signed languages.

Jean M. Gordon is an ASL Diagnostician in the Department of ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University.

ISBN 978-1-56368-631-3, 8½ x 11 casebound, 392 pages, 1,048 sign illustrations, 1,048 full-color illustrations, practice sentences, index, full-color DVD


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