Item description for Signing: How To Speak With YOur Hands by Elaine Costello...
Overview Shares more than one thousand hand gestures from the American sign language representing words dealing with things, people, foods, adjectives and adverbs, numbers, time, places, health, recreation, religion, and emotions
Publishers Description American Sign Language is a wonderful silent language of hands, face, and body that is rich with nuance, emotion, and grace. Bantam is proud to present the newly revised Signing: How To Speak With Your Hands, a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide that has long been the invaluable and definitive guide for families, friends, and professionals who need to communicate effectively with deaf children and adults. Now this expanded edition, with redesigned interiors and updated material, includes even more signs; large, upper-torso illustrations clearly show formation and movement of the hands, and their relation to the face and body. All the beautifully illustrated signs are accompanied by precise, easy-to-follow instructions on how to form them. This complete guide includes chapters on common phrases, the alphabet, foods and eating, health, recreation, and the newest chapter covering technology, politics. education, and music.
Citations And Professional Reviews Signing: How To Speak With YOur Hands by Elaine Costello has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 189
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1996 page 40
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1997 page 144
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 229
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 144
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.66" Width: 7.86" Height: 0.78" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1995
ISBN 0553375393 ISBN13 9780553375398
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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.
Elaine Costello has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Signing: How To Speak With YOur Hands?
Clear illustrations, helpful grammar notes - Great all-round intro! May 30, 2006
"Signing: How to Speak with your Hands" will serve many purposes on your signing bookshelf: it's a jam-packed dictionary, introductory grammar text, thorough guide to the non-manual aspects of signs, plus a little historical background thrown in for good measure.
Each dictionary-style entry not only depicts the sign clearly (both starting and ending handshapes), as most books do, but describes the handshape(s) and actions involved in text. PLUS, there is a written "hint" provided for many of the words defined (wherever possible, ie the more iconic or literal signs).
Example: For EGG, the definition shows a picture of the start and end handshapes for the EGG sign. Text reads: "Begionning with the middle-finger side of the right hand across the index-finger side of the left "h" hand, drop the fingers down and apart from each other." The accompanying hint reads, "Hint: Breaking an egg into a bowl," which this motion resembles. For SYRUP, the hint is "wiping syrup from the lips"; for FIRE, "shows flames rising."
This book groups words thematically into sections, not alphabetically, but rather in categories, like Health, Food, etc. Each section is a treasure-trove of signs, which may be overwhelming to the beginner, but which means the book will not quickly outlive its usefulness.
Each section begins with a few quick grammar points, and grammar is also integrated into the definitions wherever applicable. Grammar points cover topics like the signing space, symmetrical signs, placement and the nonmanual aspects of signing like repetition, emphasis and facial expression.
This book uses an extremely durable binding, which is perhaps its best feature, as you'll be referring to it again and again. It's built to last and will be a lasting addition to your ASL bookshelf for years to come.
NOTE: A previous reviewer has commented that this book over-emphasizes English grammar. I haven't seen that tendency in the book, however, it does perhaps under-emphasize ASL grammar. There is some discussion of noun-adjective order, and some discussion of use of tenses, but nothing I could find about ASL sentence order. I feel the book sidestepped this issue altogether so as to focus on imparting the basics of sign.
You will learn to speak with your hands, as the title suggests, however, if you're new to ASL, you'll probably need to move on eventually to a book that more comprehensively covers ASL sentence structure and "conversational" ASL.
Great basic ASL dictionary Jan 28, 2006
Elaine Costello got it right when she made this dictionary and had it sectioned by topic instead of purely alphabetical. This book is a required text for my college level intro to ASL classes that I teach.
Just as described Oct 3, 2005
Great deal!! book was just as described and came in a very timely manner!! will buy from again!!
"Signing: How To Speak With Your Hands" by Elaine Costello, PHD Jul 14, 2005
I began taking classes to learn A.S.L. about two years ago, and "How To Speak With Your Hands" was my first study guide. I found it to be an excellent book for a beginner and I continue to use it as a reference tool.
Silent language May 20, 2004
This book is easy to use and is a very good reference to have.