The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary

The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary by Richard A. Tennant

Book Description – The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary

Product Details Age Range: 8 and up Hardcover: 456 pages
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press; 2nd Edition, w/DVD edition (July 31, 2010) Language: English
ISBN-10: 1563684446
ISBN-13: 978-1563684449
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This reference complements other American Sign Language (ASL) dictionaries by organizing signs by handshape rather than alphabetically by English word order. In so doing, it acts best as a recognition tool for the ASL learner, leading the user quickly to specific signs without having first to refer to an English-equivalent word. Multiple meanings of a single sign also allow deaf people to increase their English vocabulary. Like other ASL dictionaries, introductory material includes a brief synopsis of the history of sign language, the meaning and importance of the five parameters of a sign (handshape, orientation, location, movement, and nonmanual signals), grammatical rules, sign language variations (dialects), and finger-spelling principles. Tennant, a former mathematics instructor, and Gluszak Brown, a certified ASL interpreter, have provided a unique organization in their dictionary. But readers should note that a handshape is not a sign itself but rather a characteristic of a particular sign. Each individual sign presented in this dictionary is illustrated, paired with English-equivalent meaning(s), and described in terms of the five parameters, making it useful as a teaching reference as well as a recognition tool. A worthwhile complement to a public or academic library collection.?Andy Wickens, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

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“The second edition is a handy reference. An accompanying DVD provides word lists with each sign demonstrated by models representing different ages and ethnicities. Recommended, lower-level undergraduates through graduate students, general readers, and professionals.” (Choice)

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