Item description for Random House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary by Elaine Costello...
This dictionary represents the cutting edge in reference for American Sign Language, with a treasury of signs for the novice and experienced user alike.
Its many features include: over 4,500 signs complete descriptions of each sign, plus full-torso illustrations separate sections on geographical signs how numbers are signed in different contexts and the role of finger spelling a subject index
This dictionary is the only one that makes it easy for you to match the right signs with the right meanings by giving you: alternate signs for the same meaning, plus different signs for different meanings of the same word complete definitions that show you which meanings go with which signs over 3,000 cross references to the illustrated signs
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Studio: Random House Reference
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 1997
Publisher Random House Reference
ISBN 0679780114 ISBN13 9780679780113
Availability 0 units.
More About Elaine Costello
Dr. Elaine Costello has been an educator and author associated with the field of deafness for more than twenty years. For ten years she was a classroom teacher and supervisor in schools for the deaf. She is now the director and editor in chief of the Gallaudet College Press at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C., the world's only liberal arts college for the deaf.
Elaine Costello currently resides in the state of Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Random House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary?
Very helpful... Apr 30, 2008
This is a very helpful for everyone, no matter what you are a hearing or deaf person that taking this book, because it's supporting you to learn a better sign language. I like to have a dictionary with sign language, because I mostly didn't know a each single word that what I have always used a sign word. I now know some words that meanings, I used of it all the time. I hope this is very helpful for you. Good for you, folks.
Love it! Mar 16, 2008
This is a great book. I took it on a train trip recently and learned many new words. The people around me were intrigued so I had to give them a demonstration. We looked up many words and I found most of them. I think the others were probably too cryptic and we couldn't find something close to it. I found this book to be really helpful and look forward to using it more. It's giving me a head start on a more advanced education in ASL.
Love this book! Mar 6, 2008
SO much information in one book!!!!!! I expected a book where I can simply look up a sign for a particular word, but this book offers so much more! The introduction alone tells you so much, and offers so much valuable info about the deaf community, types of hearing loss, origins of ASL, diagrams of the importance of hand location, shape, movement and orientation while signing, etc. etc.! This book is wonderful!! Each word offers written words on HOW to sign it, what it LOOKS like with diagrams, a quick explanation of the sign! Having studied ASL in college, and needing a refresher due to a hearing loss in my 19 month old son, this book has become so helpful! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Excellent resource Jan 8, 2008
Although this does not have every word I've attempted to look up, such as "steam", it is very useful as a reference for learning sign language. Very clear pictures and descriptions. Gives alternate meanings/uses for signs. This was recommended to me by a young woman who is studying sign language in college. I'm just teaching my baby some signs, but have enjoyed having one book to look up words in, and hope to keep learning more even when my daughter is older! A wonderful, quite way to communicate.
Random House Webster's American Sign Language Dictionary Nov 17, 2007
This is one of the best sign language dictionaries that I have ever seen. If the word you want to sign is not clear to you in the picture they show you, the instructions on signing the word you want makes it very clear. Also, when there is more than one way to sign a word, the definitions make it clear on which one you are to use.