Signs Across America

By Edgar H. Shroyer & Susan P. Shroyer

Categories: American Sign Language Reference and Instruction
Imprint: Gallaudet University Press
Paperback : 9780913580967, 285 pages, November 1984
Ebook : 9781563681769, 285 pages, October 2009
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Signs Across America provides a fascinating and unique look at regional variations in American Sign Language. The authors contacted native signers in 25 states to find out their signs for 130 selected words. The results—more than 1,200 signs—are illustrated in this book. It is an invaluable reference for teachers of American Sign Language that explores the subtle differences in signs from different geographic areas.


Edgar H. Shroyer is Professor Emeritus and former director of the Education of Deaf Children Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Susan P. Shroyer is a former teacher and administrator at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Greensboro and a former lecturer in the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.



“This book has done all of us the favor of calling our attention to the rich variation in lexical selections in American Sign Language as it is used in various local Deaf communities.”

— Journal of Interpretation

“By preserving the variety of unique and traditional signs found across the country, the book is also an important contribution to research about the fourth most used language in the U.S.”

— Silent News