Language in Motion

Exploring the Nature of Sign

First Edition

By Jerome D. Schein & David A. Stewart

Categories: American Sign Language Reference and Instruction
Imprint: Gallaudet University Press
Paperback : 9781563685828, 240 pages, February 2013
Ebook : 9781563682308, 240 pages, January 2011
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Language in Motion invites readers to explore the fascinating nature of American Sign Language (ASL).

       This enjoyable book first introduces sign language and communication, follows with a history of sign languages in general, then delves into the structure of ASL. Later chapters outline the special skills of fingerspelling and assess the academic offshoot of artificial sign systems and their value to young deaf children.

       Language in Motion offers for consideration the process required to learn sign language and putting sign language to work to communicate in the Deaf community. Appendices featuring the manual alphabets of three countries and a notation system developed to write signs complete this enriching book. Its delightful potpourri of entertaining, accessible knowledge makes it a perfect primer for those interested in learning more about sign language, Deaf culture, and Deaf communities.


Jerome D. Schein was Professor Emeritus of Sensory Rehabilitation at New York University and an adjunct professor of education at the University of Alberta in Canada.

David A. Stewart was a professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University.