Learning American Sign Language 2nd Edition


Learning American Sign Language 2nd Edition

Book And DVDs

Author:Tom L. Humphries

Carol A. Padden

ISBN 13:978-0205275533
Publisher:Pearson Education, Inc.
ISBN 10:9780205275533

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Learning American Sign Language 2nd Edition Book & All Videos From DVD

you are now beginning to learn American Sign Language (ASL), the sign language used by Deaf people in the United States and parts of Canada. It is important to note that you are learning American Sign Language because there are many sign languages throughout the world that differ in structure and vocabulary from one another. As you learn about ASL in this book, you will also be learning about the culture of Deaf people in the United States.

Learning American Sign Language is structured to help you learn American Sign Language by presenting the vocabulary and sentences needed to

There are a few things you need to know to use this book. English translations of the American Sign Language sentences and vocabulary are given to help you understand the ranges of meaning for signs, but selecting exactly equivalent translations is very difficult, as often a change in the situational context will produce a different translation. Your teacher will be able to offer alternative translations that are equally suitable. Translations cannot be done on a “one word for one sign” basis. Sometimes a single sign requires several English words to translate it adequately or, conversely, a single English word requires several signs Master ASL Level One.

Learning American Sign Language: Levels I & II – Beginning &Intermediate is designed to prepare teachers to successfully interact with American Sign Language (ASL) users. Lessons are structured around language needed for common life situations, and examples are presented in the form of dialogues coupled with grammar and vocabulary instruction. Information is also included about the culture of deaf people in the United States.

Learners will discover that the ebook:

  • Contains lessons designed around the conversational language needed for common life situations.
  • Illustrates hundreds of sentences and vocabulary with over 2,000 high-quality colorized drawings that aid in study and memory.
  • Contains over 100 grammar and cultural notes, 72 exercises, and charts of the American Manual Alphabet (Finger spelling) and ASL number system.
  • Teaches the rules of ASL in a natural order that is predictable and compatible with the everyday language of native users of American Sign Language.
  • Incorporates information about the cultural lives of Deaf people in the United States.
  • Is supported by a video demonstrating all the conversations and important structures in the text.


Table Of CONTENTS Learning American Sign Language 2nd Edition:

To the Student
Sign Models

UNIT 1 Introductions and Personal Information
Grammar: Information questions
Culture: Using first and last names in introductions
Personal Information
Grammar: Yes/No questions
Grammar: Simple affirmative sentences with head-nodding
Grammar: Simple negative sentences with head shaking
Culture: DEAF, Deaf people’s term for themselves
More Personal Information
Grammar: Repeating pronouns
Culture: Difference between WHERE LIVE? and WHERE FROM?

UNIT 2 Learning ASL
Going to Class
Grammar: Answering yes/no questions by repeating the verb from the question
Grammar: THERE made in the approximate direction of place even when not in sight and to show specific location; also HERE
Objects in the Classroom
Grammar: Information questions: question sign before, after, or both before and after
Showing You Understand and Asking for Help
Note: Other ways to ask for help
Note: Use of OH-1-SEE

UNIT 3 Politeness
Asking Politely
Grammar: Verbs that change movement to show location: GO/COME, BRING/CARRY, etc
Grammar: Verbs that change movement to indicate subject and object: GIVE, HELP, TELL, etc
Interruptions and Apologies
Culture: Saying EXCUSE-ME when walking between two people

UNIT 4 Descriptions
Physical Appearance
Grammar: LOOK” LIKE? questions
Grammar: Adjectives used to describe hair
Grammar: Adjectives used to describe height and weight
Grammar: Descriptive adjectives before and after nouns
Grammar: Altering signs to show detail such as the direction of stripes, etc
Personality and Character
Grammar: Topicalizing subjects and objects

UNIT 5 Requests
Polite Commands
Culture: Flashing lights to get attention and other ways to get attention
Grammar: Verb pairs: Requests OPEN/CLOSE-DOOR, etc
Grammar: Noun-verb pairs
Requests to Do Something
Note: Use of DON’T MIND
Note: Use of FOR ME
More Requests
Note: Verb pairs involve turning things on and off

UNIT 6 Expressing Yourself
How You Feel
Note: Form of ALL-DAY, ALL-NIGHT, etc
Opinions and Preferences
Note: Use of WOW!
Grammar: Negative incorporation: DON’T-LIKE, DON’T-KNOW, DON’T WANT.
Grammar: Other negative forms: NOT SURPRISED I, NOT SATISFIED I, etc
Grammar: Use of modals: MUST, SHOULD, CAN WILL

UNIT 7 More Descriptions
Objects and Their Location
Grammar: Classifier predicates showing size and shape
Grammar: Classifier predicates showing instrument to indicate movement
Objects, Number, and Location
Grammar: Classifier predicates to indicate locational relationships
How Many
Grammar: Plurals using quantifiers: MANY, SOME, SEVERAL, A-FEW
Grammar: Plurals using numbers
Grammar: MINUTE, HOUR, DAY, etc. incorporating numbers

UNIT 8 Family and Friends
Family Information
Culture: Asking and giving information about a person’s family background
Culture: Establishing whether hearing members of a family sign or not
Family Relationships
Grammar: Past, present, and future tenses using time signs
Grammar: Personal pronouns incorporating a number
Friends and Acquaintances
Note: Use of FINISH

UNIT 9 More Descriptions
How Others Look
Note: Whispering in sign
Grammar: Use of numbers to show age, time, count
Note: Humorous variation on CL:5 5
Grammar: Contraction of KNOW and THAT: KNOW THAT
Culture: Schools for the Deaf
Physical Features
Grammar: Variation on CL: B

UNIT 10 At Home and Daily Living
Your ResidenceGrammar: More verbs that change movement to show subject and object: BORROW, TAKE, SUMMON, CHOOSE
Grammar: Classifiers representing category and movement
Objects in Your Residence
Grammar: More classifiers showing size and shape and outline: CL: C=4, CL: B, CL:11
What You Do Every Day
Grammar: Form of EVERY-MORNING, EVERY-NIGHT, etc
Note: Signs derived from fingerspelling

UNIT 11 Food and Food Shopping
The Menu
Note: Use of RUN-OUT and DEPLETE (for containers)
Grammar: Negatives of modals: CAN’T and WON’T
Grammar: Use of NONE to show no quantity and as a negative: SEE11NONE, HEAR11NONE, UNDERSTAND11NONE
Note: Fingerspelled abbreviations: L-B, 0-Z, D-0-Z, T-S-P
Grammar: Classifiers CL: G and CL: BB to show thickness, width, and depth
Grammar: 1-DOLLAR incorporating numbers 2 to 10
Note: Use of BLANK with the dollar amount
Grammar: 1-CENT incorporating numbers

UNIT 12 Offering and Declining
Food and Drink
Grammar: Non-inflecting form of HELP
Offering Help
Culture: TIYs, pagers, and email
Declining and Explaining
Grammar: Structures for declining

UNIT 13 More Ways to Express Yourself
Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction
Note: Ways to express satisfaction
Agreement and Disagreement
Grammar: Conditional sentences
Concern and Feelings
Note: Asking about someone: ALL-RIGHT? etc
Note: Use of GONE and DIE
Grammar: Structures to express emotional or physical states

UNIT 14 Experiences and Current Activity
An Event
Grammar: Classifiers as quantifiers: CL:44, CL:55, etc
Grammar: FINISH as the conjunction
A Past Event
Grammar: More conjunctions: WRONG, HAPPEN, FIND, FRUSTRATED, HIT
Grammar: Number incorporation in LAST-YEAR, NEXT-YEAR, etc
Grammar: Structures for asking what happened: WHAT’S-UP? etc
Current Activity
Grammar: Structures for commenting on competence or expertise

UNIT 15 Future Plans and Obligations
General Future Plans
Note: Use of NOTHING-TO-IT
Time and Place to Meet
Grammar: More verb pairs: GET-IN/GET-OUT, etc
Future Obligations
Grammar: Structures for indicating an obligation: APPOINTMENT, PROMISE, DUTY
Culture: Captioned video, TV, films
Culture: Deaf clubs

UNIT 16 Directions and Instructions
Note: Commonly used fingerspelled abbreviations: D-S and P-0
Grammar: Use of body to show a change in direction
Descriptions of Places
Note: Use of apostrophe-S
Grammar: Use of LOCALE
Grammar: Location relationships using chaining of classifiers
Grammar: Use of CL: CC**

UNIT 17 Suggestions and Advice
Note: Use of BORED
Culture: Bowling leagues
Time and Place
Note: Confirming head nods and head shakes
Note: Use of APPROXIMATELY with time, age, and money
Grammar: Structure for giving advice preceded by SHOULD, BETTER, ADVISE, WARN, SUGGEST, MAYBE

UNIT 18 Attitudes and Opinions
What Others Think
Grammar: Verbs that change movement to indicate TWO, EACH, ALL.
Note: More ways to express opinions
Note: Ways to express opposing values
Grammar: Quantifiers with count and non-count nouns

UNIT 19 Recreational Activities
Grammar: REPEATEDLY inflection of verbs, with facial adverbs
A Sequence of Activities
Grammar: CONTINUALLY inflection of verbs, with facial adverbs
Seasonal Activities
Grammar: Plural forms by reduplication

UNIT 20 Travel Places and Experiences
Travel Experience
Grammar: Other verbs showing subject and object: JOIN and SAY-OKAY
Grammar: REPEATEDLY inflection of adjectives
More Travel Experience
Grammar: CONTINUALLY inflection of adjectives
Places You Visited
Grammar: VERY inflection of adjectives

UNIT 21 Occupations and Professions
Occupations and Professions
Grammar: Use of agent suffix for some professions
Grammar: Rhetorical questions
Job Activity
Note: Use of UNDERSTAND to precede a qualification, condition, or stipulation
Work History

UNIT 22 The Body, Health, and Emergencies
Physical Conditioning
Grammar: Use of body pronoun
Health and Health Problems
Note: Use of PAIN
Culture: Deaf people’s communicative strategies with non-signers
Grammar: Use of NEVER and NOTHING as denials

UNIT 23 Current Events
Recent News
Grammar: Reduplication in different locations
Current Topics of Interest
Grammar: Clause as a topic
Current Issues
Note: Use of WORSE

UNIT 24 How Things Are Done
A Process
Grammar: Classifier predicates showing the manner of flow: CL:44::::t and CL:4t
Width, Length, and Height
Grammar: Distance from one point to another using CL:1-TO-CL:1
Measurements and Weight
Grammar: Questions about measurement: HOW-MUCH, etc

English Translations of Dialogues
Vocabulary Index

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