Random House American sign language dictionary /
Elaine Costello ; illustrated by Lois Lenderman, Paul M. Setzer, Linda C. Tom.
1st ed.
New York : Random House, c1994.
xxxiv, 1067 p. : ill.
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New York : Random House, c1994.
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Illustrations on lining papers.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-06-15:
Costello, the director and editor in chief of Gaullaudet University Press, has compiled over 5000 signs in this massive dictionary. Each sign is illustrated with a full-torso picture showing hand configuration and movement, and both the common and alternate meanings are given where necessary. Arranged like a typical dictionary, this work is easy to use and very detailed. Even the end sheets provide ready reference to the manual alphabet and more common handshapes. Sign language, now the fourth most commonly used language, has changed in response to a more enlightened time, and these changes are evident here. Not only have the signs for homosexual, China, and Japan been updated, for instance, but new words reflecting the computer age, such as disk and byte, have been included. Of immense value to the nonhearing and the hearing alike; highly recommended for all libraries.-Neal Wyatt, Mary Washington Coll. Lib., Fredricksburg, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1994-10:
This first edition defines and illustrates over 5,600 American Sign Language (ASL) signs. Costello (director and editor in chief at Gallaudet Univ. Press) has been involved in the field of deafness for more than 25 years. Her experience contributes to the quality of this volume, which offers a rich vocabulary and will encourage many to learn this beautiful and powerful language. Excellent illustrations, modeled by more than 80 deaf models and drawn by three deaf artists, capture the overall gesture without sacrificing attention to detail: users see how each sign begins and ends and the motion that occurs in between. Multiple meanings (e.g., to ring a bell versus to wear a ring) are provided and defined. Martin L.A. Sternberg's American Sign Language: A Comprehensive Dictionary (CH, Oct'81) includes an extensive bibliography, a subject index, and indexes for translating seven other languages into sign. Costello's dictionary does not include these features; however, it does provide an introduction that discusses core issues and places ASL in context. Costello also offers a larger vocabulary and the currency so critical for this language that constantly changes. Highly recommended. M. Caterson; American University
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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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