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American Sign Language Dictionary, Third Edition Paperback – November 4, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0062736345 ISBN-10: 0062736345 Edition: Rev Abridged

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Rev Abridged edition (November 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062736345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062736345
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fabulous reference book, a must for everybody's library." -- -- Dorothy Chler, President, Coalition of Deaf Educators

"An abridged edition of 'the most comprehensive and clearly written dictionary of sign language ever published.'" -- -- Los Angeles Times

"An invaluable and indispensable tool for the student of American Sign Language. Martin Sternberg has done an excellent job." -- -- I. King Jordan, President, Gallaudet University

"Martin Sternberg has done a magnificent job of opening the doors to the resplendence and distictiveness of our visual language." -- -- Bernard Bragg, Internationally Renowed Deaf Actor and Mime

"Your ASL dictionary is Webster's for ASL. There is no more comprehensive and authorative source. -- -- Harlan Lane, author of, When the Mind Hears and The Mask of Benevolence

"A fabulous reference book, a must for everybody's library." -- Dorothy Chler, President, Coalition of Deaf Educators

"An abridged edition of 'the most comprehensive and clearly written dictionary of sign language ever published.'" -- Los Angeles Times

"An invaluable and indispensable tool for the student of American Sign Language. Martin Sternberg has done an excellent job." -- I. King Jordan, President, Gallaudet University

"Four thumbs up! Martin Sterberg's intelligence and passion for his subject gleams in this monumental work." -- David Hays, Founding Artistic Director, The National Theatre of the Deaf

"Martin Sternberg has done a magnificent job of opening the doors to the resplendence and distictiveness of our visual language." -- Bernard Bragg, Internationally Renowed Deaf Actor and Mime

"Your ASL dictionary is Webster's for ASL. There is no more comprehensive and authorative source. -- Harlan Lane, author of, When the Mind Hears and The Mask of Benevolence

About the Author


Martin L. A. Sternberg, Ed.D., is a native New Yorker. Deaf since the age of seven, he has spent most of his career working with deaf people. The idea for this book came from Dr. Elizabeth Peet, Dr. Sternberg's sign language teacher at Gallaudet University (for the deaf), in Washington, DC. Dr. Sternberg kept Dr. Peet's ideas and methods, but expanded the work greatly. Early work on the project received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare to New York University, the sponsoring institution. A graduate of the City College of New York, American University, and New York University, Dr. Sternberg has enjoyed a distinguished career as a teacher at Gallaudet, New York, Hofstra, and Adelphi Universities. HE is currently chairman of the board of trustees of Lexington School for the Deaf and Lexington Center for the Deaf. He is the author of four ASL dictionaries and a Codies Award-winning CD-ROM, all published by HarperCollins. He also received Emmy and Peabody nominations for his ASL series by the NBC network, "Speaking With Your Hands," as well as medals at various international film and television festivals.

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Customer Reviews

Pictures are clear and very easy to follow.
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It was in the exact condition i expected it, it was described perfectly, and it came earlier then expected... Thank you so much...
Raelyn17
Great for anyone interested in learning sign language...definitely the book for beginners!
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A. Maniscalco on December 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Since I have a Deaf daughter, I am sometimes asked to recommend a book to help interested persons learn sign language. Although any book can only be implimented to supplement good videos or working with a skilled signer, this one definitely will assist users in recalling signs or learning new ones.

The descriptive definition acts as a helpful word picture of the sign. The information also shows users the different English "words" one sign can represent, so they can be sure they are choosing conceptually-accurate signs to convey what they wish to communicate (think of the many uses of the word "run").

Helpful also - and often very necessary - is the use of more than one drawing to show the progression of the sign, clarifying the written explanation. And since expression is vital in signing, the facial drawings can provide nuances that are important for clear communication.

The American Sign Language Dictionary is one than can be depended on to show the correct ASL signs, instead of English-based ones that find their way into many sign language dictionaries. It's a great resource!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is truly the best sign language book I have ever come in counter with. It has more words than all my other dictionaries and it has complete, easy to understand illustrations.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Christel T. Huxley on April 25, 2010
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
Sternberg's ASL Dictionary is the most incredible resource for American Sign Language, that I have found on the market. As a certified teacher of the deaf, of ESL, and of Foreign Languages, I have used this book for many years in all three contexts.

I love the fact that Sternberg includes 5,000+ signs, and that he offers more than one sign for many words. Parents and teachers of deaf children will recognize the derivation of the signs for a particular word, and be able to choose which sign would be most appropriate for their own context, age group, etc. The signs are given in ASL (American Sign Language#, but several versions of the sign are available, so users of Signed English or of SEE will also benefit. Obviously, teachers of the deaf need one comprehensive dictionary with various versions of signs for a word, to clarify multiple meanings. I have not seen that feature in my other Sign books.

If you teach foreign languages in North America, you know that TPR #Total Physical Response# and TPRS #Total Physical Response Storytelling# are the single most effective method of teaching the students in your classroom to speak in a foreign language today. TPR / TPRS is very simply the use of Sign Language simultaneously with speech in the foreign language. If you use Sternberg's ASL signs #rather than Signed English or SEE#, the sign will be more universal, since it was not created originally for English. ASL has already crossed language barriers, and will help your FL students grasp and retain the new vocabulary in the lesson more easily.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is the greatest sign language book I have seen. I love the way it has the old sign to the new one this book is a must for anyone who knows or wants to learn sign language!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carleton W. Brown on December 2, 2008
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This dictionary is extremely useful to the student. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the first word I looked up was among the missing. That word was "sea", so I guessed it must be covered by "ocean." No ocean either. Since that disappointment, I have found other ordinary words missing, but of course, a dictionary cannot cover everything.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Y. Richardson on November 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was a great price on this book. The explanations of how to sign are excellant as well as the origins. The origins help you remember the sign much more easily. The only miscoming is, although the book is quite large, I was surprised at some of the missing definitions on commonly used words. All in all very useful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TCMOM on March 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm taking ASL classes and I bought this book because my textbook didn't have the amount of vocabulary I needed to improve in the language. There are still words I can't find in this book, but it's vocabulary is pretty extensive. The illustrations are reinforced with verbage on how the sign is done (which helps). The cross reference of words is also helpful. I would recommend this book to anyone involved in ASL.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Westdorp on October 28, 2010
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This is a good "Basic" dictionary, but should not be relied on. It doe snot have all the words in the English vocabulary of course, but in return has things you would need to carry a simple conversation. Aslpro.com is a much more comprehensive dictionary if you have access to the internet.
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