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The use of videos and video streaming photography on the computer has allowed the introduction of ASL as a 3-D language. Even though other books (usually with videos) have replaced The Joy of Signing at Pitt and I am sure at other universities, the book holds a fond place in my heart and on my shelves. The authors are commended for the introduction of ASL to a generation of people and for helping in promoting ASL as a true language in its own right. Karen Sadler, Science Education, University of Pittsburgh
This text should not be used to teach yourself sign language, however. While I consult this book for a refresher and a reference, I can't imagine how I'd be signing if I hadn't had a real human instructor explain the idiosynchrocies of signing. Signing is much more than the hands, the entire face and body are needed in expressing not only emotion, but meaning... the signs for "shy" and "prostitute," for example, are very similar looking and could not be properly distinguished by a text alone.
If you're starting a study group or a class, or even if you're taking a class and using a different text, this is a great book to have on your reference shelf.
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Older edition, but thorough. Sufficient for a beginning sign language class. Good base source of signs to eventually allow the user to carry on conversations with deaf individuals.Published 2 months ago by Janice Bentley
My staff and I are learning ASL and find this very informative. The pictures are easy to see and the accompanying descriptions make it easy to learn new signs.Published 3 months ago by Ellen E. Conrad