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The American Sign Language Handshape Starter
A Beginner’s Guide

Richard A. Tennant and
Marianne Gluszak Brown
Illustrations by Valerie Nelson-Metlay

September 2002

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  $22.00t paperback
$22.00 ebook

New from The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary!

  • Illustrations of More than 800 Primary ASL Signs Arranged by 40 Standard Handshapes
  • Organized by Commonly Used Everyday Topics
  • Introduction to Basic Signing and ASL Structure
  • Full Glossary of English Vocabulary for All Signs

Beginning signers now can improve their recognition of the most commonly used signs with this easy-to-follow handbook based upon the revolutionary dictionary. The American Sign Language Handshape Starter illustrates 800 of the most frequently used signs, arranging them by the 40 standard handshapes used in American Sign Language (ASL). Carefully chosen for their common use, the signs also have been organized by day-to-day topics, including food, travel, family, sports, clothing, school terms, time, nature and animals, and many others from everyday conversation.

       The American Sign Language Handshape Starter begins with a confidence-building introduction to ASL use and structure, and tips on basic signing. It also provides a simple guide to finding signs that are either new or familiar to learn their meanings. With the Handshape Starter, new signers, their teachers, and their parents will find improvement in ASL to be faster and even more enjoyable.

Richard Tennant is a former mathematics teacher who has studied American Sign Language extensively and now resides in Acra, NY.

Marianne Gluszak Brown is an American Sign Language Teacher’s Association (ASLTA) professionally certified interpreter and a child of deaf parents (coda) who works in Palisades, NY.

ISBN 978-1-56368-130-1
206 pages. 6 x 9. 800 sign illustrations, glossary, index.

ISBN 978-1-56368-182-0