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Canadian Dictionary of ASL (The)

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"This dictionary is far more extensive than any available in the US. The pictures are clear, the explanations are good and the sample sentences will help my students use this book to expand their ASL vocabulary. Congratulations on the terrific work. The editors and contributors did a fantastic job. This is an AWESOME dictionary! " Bobbie Jackson, CSC, CT, Interpreter Trainer, American River College, Faculty at California State University, Sacramento

"The Canadian Dictionary of ASL is...an outstanding work of reference for Canadians....unique in its depth and scope, and its commitment to showing regional differences....If you have any interest in learning or improving your ASL skills, this is a fabulous book." Gael Hannan, Abilities

"All of the available dictionary resources are exclusively American, and it is very difficult to find Canadian materials. The Canadian Dictionary of ASL has the Canadian influences and the vocabulary I have been seeking for years. I especially enjoy the signs illustrated specific to a province. I have found quite a bit of difference from Winnipeg to Ontario, and the Dictionary has been a source of clarification for me. Many of the people in my class have put it on their Christmas list. This Dictionary is an incredible piece of work that has been long overdue!" Debra S. Amos, Interpreter Training Program, George Brown College

"I thank the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf for pursuing this project to fruition, and to Ms. Bailey and Ms. Dolby for the years of physical and intellectual energy poured into each letter of the alphabet. It is the most important reference document available to us in the field. The volume can only be described as exceptional." — Tracy Hetman, Interpreter

"The Canadian Dictionary of ASL goes beyond any other signed language print dictionary with the detail of information provided with each entry. The editors, Carole Sue Bailey and Kathy Dolby, carefully considered the needs of Deaf readers, novice users of ASL and professional interpreters when organizing content.... It is an outstanding scholarly achievement, due to the depth and breadth of research and planning put into its development." - Denise Smith, President, Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada

"Your comprehensive reference manual significantly contributes to the development and dissemination of knowledge about Canada in an important and innovative fashion. Your attention to details, including to the regional sign vocabulary variations, helps ensure that the dynamic nature of the ASL language is preserved and enhanced in Canada....Again, congratulations for your work which sets a standard of excellence and is an example for students and researchers of Canadian studies." Jack Jedwab, Association for Canadian Studies

"This dictionary of "American Sign Language" is a massive accomplishment, and one that we felt, in spite of a few problems, had been very well done. Generally the book was easy to navigate and to understand. The hand signals on the endpapers were well displayed and an excellent resource. The type hierarchies were clear and made word finding easy. The diagrams were good…and were depicted by figures of all ages and genders (a nice touch). We had a few quibbles about the type used, and about the breaks between sections, but all in all the book is a fine achievement." Judges, The Alcuin Society 21st Annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. Second Prize, Reference

"The jury was compelled to recognize the incredible undertaking of publishing what they felt to be a huge contribution to the community." BPAA Awards

"Jurors described both the winner, and the silver award book, as world-class, but chose as the winner the book that represents a monumental achievement in publishing." BPAA Awards

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Book Description

A comprehensive new dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: University of Alberta Press (June 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888643004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888643001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To make this short and sweet, I'm educated Deaf. This book is one of the best books I cannot look away from! Historically, authors who are not deaf created some of other "ASL" books, which are rarely benefits for many who want to learn about deaf people and their language. Even I'm from the United States, I strongly recommend everyone to check out The Canadian Dictionary of ASL because it explains every detail what ASL learners need to know, such as there are at least 10 different ways to sign "RUN" visually since it has different means of "saying." That clearly tells me there were Deaf contributors involved with decision-making on what to publish. My long search for this particular book has ended! It is the perfect visual dictionary for some of my Deaf students because they will benefit from both signs and meanings in terms of understanding the words academically. Don't take my words for it, go see it and believe it for yourself. Now my next new search is the college-level ASL dictionary book.
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By A Customer on May 8, 2004
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I'm an ASL student at Algonquin College in Ottawa, and this book is a wonderful resource in addition to the classes. A great way to look up signs that you forget.
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If were to purchase only one book. This is the book to buy. My asl teacher used this as a guide in our classes along with his ciriculum. It is top notch in its description of how to sign and when to sign.A must to own! You will never be at a loss for words( signing that is ) ;)
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