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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 web site 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 web sites, 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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  • DawnSignPress
    http://www.dawnsign.com
    Quality, American Sign Language materials and resources such as the Signing Naturally series.
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    • 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.
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  • Life & Works of Bernard Bragg
    http://bernardbragg.com
    Accomplished performer, writer, director, actor, poet, artist and... Deaf.
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  • 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.
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Sign Language & ASL (American Sign Language) - Links to Other Sites

 

Following are more web sites that may be of interest to you.

Sign Language Evebts

 

Details are available on our SE Ohio Calendar of Events

  • August 3, 2013
    Zanesville Picnic & Town Hall
    Lake Isabella; 5960 Fourth St; East Fultonham (Muskingum county)
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  • August 10, 2013
    D-PAH!'s 2nd Sand Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament
    Bogey Inn; 6013 Glick Rd; Dublin (Franklin county)
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  • August 10, 2013
    CAD Picnic
    CCH Shelter House; 1055 Colony Dr; Westerville (Franklin county)
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  • August 17, 2013
    DKTC Family Day
    Alum Creek Park North; 221 W Main St; Westerville (Franklin county)
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  • September 21, 2013
    3rd Annual Ride Deaf Bike Challenge
    Dublin, Ohio
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  • November 2, 2013
    OAD Ohio DEAFair 2013
    Ohio Expo Center (Ohio State Fairgrounds); 717 E 17th Av; Columbus (Franklin county)
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  • Various Dates
    2013 DeafNation Expo
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    • March 2 – Florida

    • March 16 – Texas

    • March 23 – Arizona

    • April 6 – Michigan

    • April 20 – Washington DC

    • April 27 – Minnesota

    • May 4 – California

    • May 18 – Puerto Rico

    • September 21 – New York

    • October 12 – California

    • October 19 – Oregon

    • November 2 – Illinois
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  • Various Dates
    2014 DeafNation Expo
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    • March 15 - Jacksonville, FL

    • March 22 - Greensboro,  NC

    • April 5 - Kansas City, KS

    • April 12 - Dallas, TX

    • April 26 - Indianapolis, IN

    • May 3 - Pomona, CA

    • September 27 - Boston, MA

    • October 11 - Pleasanton, CA

    • October 18 - Seattle, WA

    • October 25 - Denver, CO

    • November - Chicago, IL

Click here to see more of Our Favorite Web Sites.

The Things We Make

 

Animal Patterns &

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 Horses, Donkeys & Mules

Detailed Woodcut :: Shire, "Naomi"

Detailed Woodcut :: Shire, "Naomi"

 

Alpaca & Llama

Wood Silhouette :: Llama, "Se Llama"

Wood Silhouette :: Llama, "Se Llama"

 

Dogs

Wood Silhouette :: Miniature Schnauzer

Wood Silhouette :: Miniature Schnauzer

 

 

Homemade Soap

Homemade Soap :: All-Natural Selection

All-Natural Soap Selection

 

Lotion Bars

Lotion Bars :: Lotion without a Bottle!

Lotion without a Bottle!

 

Hand-painted Pottery

Hand-painted Mini-Dish :: Monkey Business

Mini-Dish, "Monkey Business"

 


 

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