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American Sign Language Resources

Library Resources
Title: The American sign language phrase book
Location: Kapiolani CC: General (2nd floor)
Call Number: HV2475 .F36 2008
Title: It’s not what you sign, it’s how you sign it: politeness in American Sign Language
Location: Kapiolani CC: General (2nd floor)
Call Number: HV2474 .H69 2007
Title: Signing everyday phrases
Location: Kapiolani CC: General (2nd floor)
Call Number: HV2474 .F55 2007
Title: Reading between the signs: intercultural communication for sign language interpreters
Location: Kapiolani CC: General (2nd floor)
Call Number: HV2402 .M56 2006
Title: What’s your sign for pizza?: an introduction to variation in American Sign Language
Location: Kapiolani CC: General (2nd floor)
Call Number: HV2474 .L835 2003


ebrary Online Books: You will need UH Number and Last Name to login.

Title: Grammar, gesture, and meaning in American Sign Language
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Title: Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction
eBrary Link
Title: Language from the Body: Iconicity and Metaphor in American Sign Language
eBrary Link

Podcasts (Links to iTunes)

American Sign Language Cuyamaca College: Podcasts for persons interested in viewing lessons, lectures, video projects and video performances by students, teaching assistants and faculty in the American Sign Language program at Cuyamaca College. (Features an ASL Choir Performance only)
ASL Book Reviews: Third year American Sign Language students share som of their favorite books. Watch as they describe some of the highlights that made these books great reads. (Tends to be slow loading)
ASLPro.com - An ASL Teacher Resource Site: ASLPRO.com is a FREE online resource for American Sign Language Teachers. Teachers: Create you own customized quizzes with log on for your students only. Dictionaries: Main Dictionary Religious Dictionary Conversational Phrases - (English and ASL Idioms included) Quizzes: Main Religious Fingerspell Quizzes More ASL Learning Tools: ASL Games: Jeopardy, Hangman, What Am I?. Find A Match Receptive Signing Skills: Practices and Comprehension Checks Functional Group Pictorial Dictionaries: Animals, Around The House, Occupations, Food, etc. Great for non-English speakers. Mouth Morphemes ABC Signs ASL Poems And Songs Shared Lesson Plans.
Master ASL! by Sign Media, Inc: The only American Sign Language curriculum that incorporates the national foreign language standards, known as the 5C's, established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
The Making of Nobody's Perfect: Bases on the book by Matlin and Doug Cooney, explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts Production of Nobody's Perfect. This podcast series goes behind he scenes to look at how the book was brought to the stage, including how American Sign Language was incorporated into a lively musical (ASL captioning is included in every episode of this series). ARTSEDGE, the Kennedy Center's arts education network, supports the creative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts, offering free, standard-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, media-rich interactive experiences, professional development resources, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.
USI-EDUC490: American Sign Language: USI Distance Education course through the Bower-Suhrheinrich College of Education and Human Services. An introduction to American Sign Language. This course consists of 27 video podcasts covering finger spelling, culture and areas of interest to the deaf and deaf community and those wishing to learn more about American Sign Language and deaf culture.


Web Resources

American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project: investigation of the syntactic structure of American Sign Language, and the relationship of syntax to semantics and prosody; development of multimedia tools to facilitate access to and analysis of primary data for sign language research; collaboration with computer scientists interested in problems involved in computer-based recognition and generation of signed languages.

ASLinfo.com: This website focuses on ASL, Interpreting and deaf related information.

Deaf Linx: Links to various deaf resources

The Deaf Resource Library: is a virtual library -- an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics. http://www.deaflibrary.org/

CAL Resource Guides Online: The purpose of this Resource Guide is to provide resources and information on ASL to those who are interested in learning it, would like to learn more about the language, or are already involved in ASL education either as a teacher or a student. While the topic of ASL is inherently related to the broader subjects of deafness and Deaf culture, this Resource Guide provides information related primarily to the language itself, with only limited information on the issues that surround it.

Signing Savvy: is your complete sign language resource.

  • Signing Savvy contains high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs and common other signs used in conversational signing within the United States and Canada.
  • Our constantly expanding dictionary has videos of signs for more than 5000 words and phrases!
  • Any word not contained in the dictionary can be fingerspelled.


ASL Dictionaries

ASL Browser: This web site was created in 1997 to provide an online sign language resource. The web site contains a sample of the material found on the award winning Personal Communicator CD-ROM developed at Michigan State University. Unfortunately, the CD-ROM is out-of-date and no longer available. Check out Signing Savvy for a similar, but newer, product.

ASL University Dictionary: A living language evolves to meet the ever changing needs of the people who use it. Lexicography, (the making of dictionaries), is like painting sunsets. By the time the paint dries the subject has changed. American Sign Language is constantly adapting to the needs of Deaf people, our families, and our associates. To use this dictionary, at the top of this page click the letter of the word you are seeking. That will load the links into the left hand side of the page.

A Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms: Here are a few American Sign Language terms to help those of you who are trying to communicate with a person who signs, but does not hear. New word definitions are being added, and this will soon bring the total number of ASL terms to more than 1270! Also included is the basic alphabet and numbers 1-10.
This dictionary has both animated and text definitions. The text definitions also have letter or number sign images to aid in visualizing the sign. This will allow you to quickly locate a word, read how to sign the word, and choose to view the animated sign if you wish.

ASL Alphabet: The American Sign Language Alphabet is a set of alphabetic finger signs for manually spelling out words, generally used for words that do not have available signs for expression within ASL, such as proper names, technical terms, foreign vocabulary, and so forth. There are also included a set of numbers for the expression of digits. It is based on an old Spanish manual alphabet that goes back to around the 17th century or before.

ASL Fingerspelling Practice Site: American Sign Language Fingerspelling Practice Site

Fingerspelling Practice: These pages have all the letter patterns used in the English Language. These are ordered from easier to read to more difficult, simple to complex.

Classifiers in ASL: Classifiers are used in American Sign Language to show movement, location, and appearance. After a signer indicates a person or thing, a classifier can be used in its place to show where and how it moves, what it looks like, and where it is located. To see a flash movie showing a description of the various classifiers, click on the buttons below. There are also quick time movies showing the classifiers. Be sure to have both Flash and Quicktime players on your computer. When you are finished with the movie, click your back button to return to this page.

Comprehensive Guide to Sign Language Dictionaries: The manuals (9 topic areas) from the Technical Signs Project are included in this list. The Project Overview and Reading Technical Sign Diagrams

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