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ASL (American Sign Language), pah!


Content is always being added and this page updated so check back often to see new references to sign language.  We are also adding "ILY" and other handshape items to the site.


What is ASL?


ASL is the acronym for American Sign Language.  It is a non-verbal language that uses precise hand shapes and facial expressions, movement and space, and non-manual behaviors to convey meaning.  It has grammatical structure and is as expressive as any spoken language.


ASL is not universal.  Historically, ASL is related to French Sign Language.  One might assume the Deaf in the United States would use the same sign language as the Deaf, say, in the U.K. because the verbal language in both is English.  Not so!  BSL (British Sign Language) is very different than ASL.  BSL, for example, uses a two-handed alphabet whereas ASL uses a one-handed alphabet.


There are many, many sign languages - Australian, Brazilian, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Mexican, Polish, Portuguese - at least 40 more official sign languages and hundreds of dialects!  All are as different as are the spoken forms of those languages.



What ASL is NOT


American Sign Language is not a game of charades.  When telling a story or detailing an account, the signer is very expressive and may mimic body language or gestures but ASL is a true language; it is not pantomime.



Why is information about ASL on this site?


Louise Hawkins, a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), is a professional interpreter who has worked independently and in school systems.  She is also the artisan of the wonderful Homemade Soap and Lotion Bars found here on this site. 


Kimber Caito, artist and website manager, is also an interpreter.  That is why we decided there should be sign language related things made for you!


Oh yes, and...



What is “pah!”?


Pah! means 'at last!' or 'finally!'



Want to learn more?


Below is a list of recommended websites, books, workbooks and videos, etc.  Many public libraries do not have a large selection of signed material for adults but you can ask for an "inter-library loan".  Give the librarian the name of the publication and if it available from another library system it might be possible to obtain it.

  • Gallaudet University Press
    Gallaudet has a wonderful selection of publications for those who are seriously interested in learning about sign language.  See http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/ for information; publications can also be purchased at places like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

    • The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary
      (ISBN 1-56368-444-6) is a must, especially for beginners, because it has the option to look up a sign by the handshape rather than the English word.  This version has about 1,900 signs and comes with a companion video dictionary on DVD.

    • The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language
      (ISBN 978-1-56368-282-7) has more than 3,000 ASL sign illustrations and a companion video dictionary on DVD.  It is not searchable by handshape (a nice option for beginners) like the ...Handshape Dictionary above.  It includes signs for many U.S.A. states and other country sign names, which is a very nice reference for interpreters.

  • DawnSignPress
    Quality, American Sign Language materials and resources such as the Signing Naturally series.

    • Signing Naturally
      This is an excellent series!.  The complete title is Vista American Sign Language Series, Functional Notional Approach, Signing Naturally, Student Workbook with DVD.  Authors are Cheri Smith, Ella Mae Lentz, Ken Mikos.  Publisher, DawnSignPress.  It is an expensive set; it can probably be ordered from a local library system.

  • Life & Works of Bernard Bragg
    Accomplished performer, writer, director, actor, poet, artist and... Deaf.

  • Mental_Floss Magazine
    During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (October 2012), the media went crazy focusing on the New York City Mayor Bloomberg's interpreter!  Mental_Floss posted these wonderfully-accurate and information articles that are 'must-reads' for anyone involved in or interested in languages.

  • Trix Bruce
    Storyteller, actress, poet, and a one Deaf-woman show.

Sign Language & ASL (American Sign Language) - Links to Other Sites


Following are more websites that may be of interest to you.

Sign Language Events


See more and area events on SE Ohio Calendar of Events

  • November 2, 2013
    OAD Ohio DEAFair 2013
    Ohio Expo Center (Ohio State Fairgrounds); 717 E 17th Av; Columbus (Franklin county)

  • Various Dates
    2015 DeafNation Expo
    For more info, visit http://deafnation.com/

    • March 7 - Phoenix

    • March 21 - Orlando

    • March 28 - Austin

    • April 11 - Atlanta

    • April 18 - Pittsburgh

    • April 25 - Baton Rouge

    • May 2 - Pomona

    • September 19 - Louisville

    • September 26 - Edison

    • October 10 - Pleasanton

    • October 17 - Portland

    • November 7 - Chicago

  • July 6-8, 2016
    2015 DeafNation World Expo
    For more info, visit http://deafnation.com/

Click here to see more of Our Favorite Websites.

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Detailed Woodcut :: Shire, "Naomi"


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Wood Silhouette :: Llama, "Se Llama"



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Wood Silhouette :: Miniature Schnauzer



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