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The American Sign Language handshape dictionary

Author: Richard A Tennant; Marianne Gluszak Brown
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Clerc Books, Gallaudet University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The unique feature of this dictionary is that it is organized by handshape rather than by alphabetical order. An American Sign Language learner can look up an unfamiliar sign by looking for the handshape rather than by looking up the word in an alphabetical English glossary. At the same time, an English speaker can look up a sign for a specific word by looking at the Index of English Glossaries located at the end  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reference works
Dictionaries
Dictionary
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Tennant; Marianne Gluszak Brown
ISBN: 0585193266 9780585193267 1563680432 9781563680434
OCLC Number: 37981448
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 407 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction --
How to use this dictionary --
One-hand signs --
Two-hand signs --
Index of English glosses.
Responsibility: Richard A. Tennant, Marianne Gluszak Brown ; illustrated by Valerie Nelson-Metlay.

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This illustrated reference organizes more than 1,600 ASL signs by 40 basic hand shapes and includes detailed descriptions on how to form each sign to represent the varying terms that they might mean.  Read more...

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Look up the sign, find the word! It presents students, sign-language teachers, and Deaf people alike with a genuinely innovative resource to hone communication skills in both ASL and English.

 
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