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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As a student of the ASL Interpreting Program, I found this book to be the most refined and comprehensive in the summary of ASL linguistics. The chapters are written with pedagogical efficiency: starting with an overall picture of why this chapter is important and what will be discussed (anticipatory), followed by each topic with given instructions and examples, then concluded with a summary of main points to reiterate the "whole". Excellent us of language, clearly defined vocabulary, and all encompassing. Excellent job. These are the kind of books I want to use as an intellectual in the field of academics.  

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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