Item description for American Sign Language Dictionary Unabridged by Martin L. Sternberg...
Overview Revised and updated for the first time in seventeen years, this new edition features more than 1,500 new signs and four thousand illustrations, offering readers a comprehensive tool for learning to use the third most common language in the United States.
Publishers Description Appearing first in 1981, this dictionary remains the largest and most comprehensive book of sign language ever published. Now, completely revised and expanded, American Sign Language features:
More than 7,000 sign entries, plus cross-references
More than 12,000 illustrations
2,000 more signs than any other ASL dictionary, including dozens of signs that have only recently come into usage
Arranged alphabetically to enhance usability
Other features include a pronunciation guide for English language glosses and a foreword to the original edition by the late Mary E. Switzer, United States Commissioner of Vocational Rehabilitation.
American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most frequently used language in the United States after English and Spanish. ASL has its own distinct grammar and syntax. The entries appearing herein represents signs, not words, and the illustrations of the hand, arm, and facial expressions will aid the reader in forming the signs.
This book is indispensable to deaf people and their relatives, friends, and associated. Social workers, otologists, hearing and speech therapists, audiologists, and rehabilitation workers have long considered this book a major addition to their libraries.
Citations And Professional Reviews American Sign Language Dictionary Unabridged by Martin L. Sternberg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 203
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1999 page 22
American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/1999 page 380
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1999 page 55
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 125
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 144
Library Journal - 02/01/1999
Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 152
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 233
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 190
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 330
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Studio: Collins Reference
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.44" Width: 7.72" Height: 1.98" Weight: 3.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 21, 1998
ISBN 0062716085 ISBN13 9780062716088 UPC 099455060004
Reviews - What do customers think about American Sign Language Dictionary Unabridged?
ASL Dictionary Apr 6, 2008
I love this book. It has been a tremendous help to me. I am taking an ASL course and I do habilitation w/ a deaf child. This book is very valuable to my work. I would highly recommend it.
The Most Comprehensive ASL Dictionary Available Feb 24, 2006
I have owned many sign language dictionaries in the past 10+ years. All of them have fallen short of my needs. Martin L. A. Sternberg's unabridged ASL Dictionary is simply the most comprehesive, invaluable resource available. I work with children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, and I always recommend this dictionary for parents, so that they can look up just about any word they may ever need to know.
This is an outdated source now. May 6, 2005
A little fact. ASL is still rather young and signs you learn today can still be modified by tomorrow. It is a good source to go to if you need to know a certain sign, but the problem is it may not have the sign you want. For example, if you want to find the sign for the color red, you are better off going to ask someone, because it most likely does not have it. It is very weak when it comes to number and color signs. This book is too outdated if you are a perfectionist, go somewhere else. It is only a dictionary, it will not teach you proper ASL grammer or deaf culture.
If you are a deaf person thinking I am a know-it-all hearie, well I am a hearing impaired person.
Can't Recommend This ASL Dictionary Jun 1, 2004
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book. More than 60 percent of the signs I got out of it were rejected as wrong or outdated by Deaf persons and ASL teachers and interpreters. it was a big disappointment, because of the cost. Better choice is the "Handshape Dictionary."
Top Choice for Thorough Vocabulary Apr 8, 2004
If you're simply looking for a good dictionary with a variety of regional signs and lots of entries, this is the best bet! It has over 7,000 entries and 12,000 illustrations. Some of the illustrations aren't the easiest to understand, but if you already have a basic knowledge of sign language, you can't beat this book! Not only does it have many English gloss entries, but it shows you various signs for the same gloss, which ones are cosidered vulgar, which ones are distinctly regional, and gives you some synonyms that can be used with the same gloss. A must-have addition to any serious signer's library!