American Sign Language: A Teacher's Resource Text on Grammar and Culture

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Gallaudet University Press, 1991 - Education - 469 pages
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Best known as the Green Books, the American Sign Language books provide teachers and students of American Sign Language (ASL) with the complete means for learning about the culture, community, and the native language of Deaf people. A group of 15 ASL teachers and linguists reviewed all five books to ensure that they were accurate and easy to comprehend. This volume of the American Sign Language series explains in depth the grammar and structure of ASL while also presenting a description of the Deaf community in the United States. Written for teachers with minimal training in linguistics, it includes many illustrations, examples, and dialogues that also focus on specific aspects of the Deaf community.
  

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Review: American Sign Language Green Books, A Teacher's Resource Text on Grammar and Culture

User Review  - Dana - Goodreads

I'm not done reading this yet, but already it has greatly increased my understanding of the usage of ASL, and it's grammar. I recommend this for anyone learning ASL. Read full review

Review: American Sign Language Green Books, A Teacher's Resource Text on Grammar and Culture

User Review  - Tamra - Goodreads

Required text for my ASL Grammar class at BYU. I don't remember much about the book, however, and I need to re-read it. What I DO remember is that it was during that class, and partly because of this book, that ASL grammar really clicked for me. I'll re-rate it when I re-read it. Read full review

Contents

Chapter IWhat is a Language?
31
Chapter IIWhat is American Sign Language?
47
Chapter IIIEnglish in the Deaf Community
63
Chapter IVSign Formation and Variation
79
Chapter VSelected Sign Types
103
Chapter VISentence Types
121
Chapter VIITime
175
Chapter VIIIPronominalization
205
Chapter XClassifiers
287
Locatives
333
Chapter XIIPhiralization
361
Chapter XIIITemporal Aspect
401
Chapter XIVDistributional Aspect
427
Sign Language Bibliography
447
Glossary
457
Index
463

Chapter IXSubjects and Objects
247

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About the author (1991)

Charlotte Baker-Shenk is a consultant on ASL linguistics and empowerment. She lives in Mt. Rainier, MD.

Dennis Cokely is Director of the American Sign Language Program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

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