ASL (American Sign Language), pah!
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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
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
Soap and Lotion Bars
found here on this site.
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
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 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 &
The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary
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
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.
Quality, American Sign Language materials and resources such as
the Signing Naturally series.
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
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
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
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