This beautifully designed and illustrated guide includes: more than 1300 signs and their descriptions, large, clear, lifelike upper-torso illustrations that show posiiton and movement of the hands, plus their relation to the face and body. Precise, easy-to-follow instructions on how to form each sign. Hints to help remember how to perform specific signs. 14 chapters organized in logical groupings, each beginning with an explanation of the grammatical rules governing ASL. Also a fascinating introduction by Dr. Costello describing the history of the ASL, the role of sign languages throughout the world, interesting regional variations, and more. Also has a complete index and cross reference for quick access to any sign.
American Sign Language is a wonderful silent language of hands, face, and body that is rich with nuance, emotion, and grace. Bantam is proud to present the newly revised Signing : How To Speak With Your Hands, a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide that has long been the invaluable and definitive guide for families, friends, and professionals who need to communicate effectively with deaf children and adults. Now this expanded edition, with redesigned interiors and updated material, includes even more signs; large, upper-torso illustrations clearly show formation and movement of the hands, and their relation to the face and body. All the beautifully illustrated signs are accompanied by precise, easy-to-follow instructions on how to form them. This complete guide includes chapters on common phrases, the alphabet, foods and eating, health, recreation, and the newest chapter covering technology, politics. education, and music.
Dr. Elaine Costello has been an educator and author associated with the field of deafness for more than twenty years. For ten years she was a classroom teacher and supervisor in schools for the deaf. She is now the director and editor in chief of the Gallaudet College Press at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., the world's only liberal arts college for the deaf.