American Sign Language (ASL) is something we've all seen deafpeople use in restaurants, hospitals, airports, and at work. Thecommunication is fascinating to watch; to see people sharing ideasby using handshapes and body language is remarkable in a world sodefined by sound. This new edition of Signing For Dummiesgives you a general understanding of the properties of Sign, aswell as an understanding of deaf culture. Designed to act as anintroduction or a refresher, the book focuses solely on ASL, whichis the most commonly used sign language in the United States.
Categorized by subject, this illustrated guide covers grammarand sentence structure, along with the tools to get you going inbasic conversation by knowing how to introduce and greet people;ask questions and make small talk; order food and chat withsalespeople; handle medical emergencies; talk on the phone; getaround town for fun or business; and much more. Plus, it stresseshow ASL isn't just about using your fingers, hands, and arms, butalso about facial expression and body language.
- More than 25 percent new and revised content, including thelatest technological advances for the deaf; contact signing, codemixing, code switching, interpreting as a profession, andregionalism in signing
- Packed with "Fun & Games" sections that invite you topractice specific signs
- Hundreds of illustrations throughout, plus a video CD featuringdemonstrations by ASL signers showing actual conversations
Signing For Dummies is the fast and fun way to get youmoving your hands, body, and face to convey meaning that reachesbeyond linguistic barriers.