American Sign Language Concise Dictionary : Revised Edition (Revised) by Martin L Sternberg
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Introducing a concise and portable edition of a sign language dictionary that has been hailed as the most comprehensive and well-written of its kind. With a staggering 2,000 definitions, this pocket dictionary offers three times the number of entries compared to any other similar resource. What’s more, it is equipped with 1,500 illustrations, including 550 newly added signs.
This particular sign language dictionary has received high praise, being described by the “Los Angeles Times” as the most comprehensive and clearly written of its kind. With its compact size and extensive content, it serves as an invaluable tool for anyone interested in learning or communicating using sign language.
Reading Books part 10: American Sign Language Dictionary and More
Welcome back to this special edition! Today, we’re going to delve into the fascinating world of sign language. Specifically, we’ll be exploring the American Sign Language (ASL) and its concise dictionary. This dictionary, aptly named the “Concise Dictionary of ASL,” is the most comprehensive and clearly written resource for sign language. It has been hailed as a groundbreaking work by Los Angeles Times. In ASL, each letter of the alphabet has its own unique gesture. For example, the sign for “A” is made by forming the letter with your hand, while “B” is represented by a different gesture. This dictionary provides an in-depth guide to all the signs, complete with detailed descriptions and illustrations. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the signs and gestures in ASL.
The Alphabet in ASL
ASL uses a visual and kinetic approach to communicate ideas and words. It is a beautiful language that allows individuals to express themselves without using spoken words. The signs for each letter of the alphabet are unique and distinct, allowing for clear communication. Here is a breakdown of some of the signs:
A: Form the shape of the letter “A” with your hand.
B: Create a different gesture that represents the letter “B.”
C: Use your hands to form the letter “C.”
D: Make a specific gesture for the letter “D.”
And so on, continuing through the alphabet.
By learning these gestures, individuals can communicate in sign language effectively.
Common Words and Phrases in ASL
In addition to the alphabet, ASL has countless signs for common words and phrases. Let’s take a look at some examples:
About: The sign for “about” involves a specific gesture that mimics the concept of something being in the vicinity or related to a topic.
Accept: To convey the idea of “accept,” use both hands with palms down and bring them towards your chest in unison, closing all fingers simultaneously.
Achieve: Achieving something in ASL involves a motion where both hands with palms back start at the sides of the head, and the wrists pivot as the hands move up and around simultaneously above the head.
These are just a few examples of the rich vocabulary that ASL offers. By learning and practicing these signs, individuals can engage and communicate effectively using sign language.
The Beauty of ASL
ASL is a language like no other. Through the use of gestures and movements, individuals can express themselves fully and effectively. It is a language that brings people together, transcending barriers and allowing for clear communication. Whether you want to learn sign language for personal or professional reasons, the Concise Dictionary of ASL is a valuable resource. With its comprehensive guide to signs, it will equip you with the knowledge to communicate effectively in ASL. So, dive into this fascinating world, and embrace the beauty of sign language!