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The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing: Revised & Expanded Third Edition [Paperback]

By Rod R. Butterworth (Author) & Mickey Flodin (Author)
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Item description for The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing: Revised & Expanded Third Edition by Rod R. Butterworth & Mickey Flodin...

Provides more than 1,350 signs, with illustrations that show precise hand positions and exact movements

Publishers Description
The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing is the easiest, most comprehensive alphabetized guide to American Sign Language (Ameslan) available today. Unlike other signing books, which organize by "categories," the Visual Dictionary is arranged in a straightforward easy-to-use dictionary format. Inside you'll find special features offering a fast, simple approach to the art of signing, including over 1,350 signs - arranged alphabetically with directions on how to form each sign; detailed illustrations - showing precise hand positions and exact movements; memory aids - to assist in recalling how to make each sign; sample sentences - to clarify grammatical usage; numbers - from one to one million, including monetary signs; fingerspelling - a vital tool for communicating words for which there are no signs, or for when the sign has not yet been learned; helpful hints - suggestions and tips for easier signing; and comprehensive index - including all entries and their synonyms for easy cross-referencing.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing: Revised & Expanded Third Edition by Rod R. Butterworth & Mickey Flodin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 203
  • Rec Ref Bks in Paperback - 01/01/2000 page 172
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2000 page 124
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 151

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Perigee Trade
Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1995
Publisher   Perigee Trade
Age  9-17
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0399519521  
ISBN13  9780399519529  
UPC  010599010007  

Availability  0 units.

More About Rod R. Butterworth & Mickey Flodin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mickey Flodin is the author of Signing Everyday Phrases, Signing for Kids, Signing is Fun, Signing Illustrated, and co-author, with Rod R. Butterworth, of The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing, The Pocket Dictionary of Signing, and Signing Made Easy.

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2Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > General
3Books > Subjects > Reference > Foreign Languages > Instruction > Sign Language
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5Books > Subjects > Reference > Words & Language > General
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing?

A Great Starting Point  Aug 31, 2003
As a Deaf ASL teacher, I often search out new (and not so new) resources to supplement my teaching. I've found many of Flodin's books to be bad news to the ASL teacher, for they are strictly English-based. However, this being a dictionary, sentence structure is not an issue. Therefore, this book is a definite asset to anyone's repertoire.

"The Perigee Dictionary" has very clear illustrations and descriptions of over 1500 signs. It also includes memory aids to help you retain what you are learning. It is in basic, A - Z, format and serves as a wonderful starting point for people interested in learning signs.

One must be careful to remember a few things, however: There are regional dialects and what is signed one way in Michigan is signed differently in California, this by no means exhausts ASL vocabulary; and, finally, American Sign Language is a foreign language, completely different than English (as different from English as Russian). If you keep those ideas in mind, you should have no trouble utilizing this fabulous resource while understanding how much more there is to know.

Highly recommended as an initial dictionary. That's just this deafie's opinion. :v)

The best ASL dictionary out there!  May 3, 2003
Having experience with American Sign Language for almost 10 years, I have read (and own) a great many signing books and dictionaries. This is by far the best. The drawings are easy to understand (which is often not the case with many books), and is accompanied by a text description as well. Each entry also has suggestions of the origin of the sign, but also can help a student remember the word as a memory aide. There are many signs in here that other dictionaries do not include, though it (of course) doesn't have everything. The signs are usually "modern" versions of a sign (as languages change and adapt), unlike some books which have very old signs or even signs exclusive to SEE signing. I would recommend to anyone learning ASL.
Sub-Par Dictionary, Great Teaching/Learning Aid  Dec 2, 2002
As an ASL student, I was rather disappointed with this book's word coverage. It was rather spotty, showing words such as "roller skate"(as a verb) but not "roll", for example. If you already know ASL and just forgot a word or want to brush up on the language, I don't recommend this book for you.
However, this would be a great teaching/learning aid, boasting such features as large and detailed pictures, written directions on how to form a sign, alphabetical word listings, memory aids and context examples on how the word is used. This is great for educators to use as pseudo-textbooks during lessons. However, its poor dictionary coverage will limit its use somewhat.
This is a great learning tool!  Apr 17, 2001
I have just started learning to sign. I used the smaller pocket version of this book to learn my first 600 signs. I purchased this larger version to continue my learning. The descriptions are clear, and the memory hints are very helpful. I recommend this book without reservation!
Fabulous resource for any signer...novice to sage!!  Jan 31, 1999
As a professional sign language interpreter, I am often asked by non-signers to recommend a book for them to begin learning this beautiful, expressive language...this is always the first one I mention!

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