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Basic Course in American Sign Language

Basic Course in American Sign Language - 2nd edition

Basic Course in American Sign Language - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780932666420

ISBN10: 0932666426

Basic Course in American Sign Language by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden and Terrence J. O
Edition: 2ND 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: T.J. Publishers, Inc.
International: No
Basic Course in American Sign Language by Tom Humphries, Carol Padden and Terrence J. O

ISBN13: 9780932666420

ISBN10: 0932666426

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The second Edition features a new introduction, which includes a section on Deaf Culture and Community, expanded dialogue introductions that incorporate cultural information, revised grammar notes and an updated bibliography.

The spiral bound text features a new reinforced and upgraded laminated cover, which will make it more durable.

Author Bio

Humphries, Tom L. : University of California-San Diego

Tom L. Humphries holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Cross Cultural Communication and Language Learning from the Union Graduate School. His doctoral studies included an in-depth study of adult/second language learning and two years of experimentation and development of a bilingual/bicultural American Sign Language/English classroom at Gallaudet College. He attended Gallaudet College, receiving a B.S. degree in 1968 and a M.A. degree in Secondary Education (English) in 1972. He later served as a member of the English Language program in the Department of English at Gallaudet for several years. In 1978, he moved to San Diego and was employed as an instructor at the Educational Cultural Complex of the San Diego Community College District where he taught ASL and English to Deaf students and ASL to hearing students. He was an Associate Dean for the San Diego Community College District for several years where he coordinated the development of an ASL program and an interpreter training program. He also supervised instructional and support services for Deaf students and students with other disabilities. He is currently on the faculty of the Teacher Education Program and the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. He is co-author with Carol Padden of Deaf in America : Voices from a Culture and several other books and articles related to ASL and the culture of Deaf people. Tom is active in training ASL teachers and others about Deaf people's culture, language and community.

Padden, Carol : University of California-San Diego

Carol Padden is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego where she teaches courses on language, culture and media. After attending Kendall School on the Gallaudet University campus as a child, she transferred to a public school and graduated from a local high school. She is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.S. in Linguistics, and received a Ph. D. degree in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego. She has published numerous books and articles on American Sign Language structure, including her dissertation, Interaction of Morphology and Syntax in ASL. She co-authored with her husband, Tom Humphries, Deaf in America : Voices from a Culture, and has written several other articles on the community and culture of Deaf people in America. She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, fellowships and grants, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and an Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of California, San Diego. She travels widely across the country and the world, speaking on subjects of language structure, language symbolism and language lives of young deaf children and adults.

O'Rourke, Terrence J. :

Terrence J. O'Rourke founded T.J. Publishers, Inc. in 1978. He was born in Bellingham, Washington and lost his hearing at the age of then. He was a graduate of the California School for the Deaf, Berkeley and Gallaudet University. Through his work with the National Association of the Deaf, he was instrumental in establishing sign language programs in schools, colleges, universities and agencies across the nation. He became an internationally recognized expert on American Sign Language and led the way to the formal recognition of ASL as a language by encouraging and participating in formal linguistic research with various institutions. He served as both vice president and president of the American Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities and was a member of the Executive Committee of the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. He provided a vehicle, through T. J. Publishers, to disseminate information about Deaf people, materials to expand Deaf awareness and books and videotapes on the language of greatly encouraged the works of Deaf authors. He edited and authored more than five books himself, including A Basic Course in Manual Communication and A Basic Vocabulary : American Sign Language for Parents and Children. T.J., as he was known, passed away in January, 1992. He was truly a giant in the Deaf community. He touched the lives of everyone he met and helped change the quality of life for all Deaf people. He will be greatly missed.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Lesson 1.

Personal Pronouns
Basic Sentence Structure : Sentences with Predicate Adjectives

Lesson 2.

Basic Sentence Structure : Sentences with Identifying Nouns
Using Two Third Person Pronouns
Note : Used of AGENT Suffix

Lesson 3.

Basic Sentence Structure : Sentences with Verbs
Basic Sentence Structure : Pronouns and Nouns
Basic Sentence Structure : Adjectives and Nouns
Descriptive Adjectives

Lesson 4.

Yes/No Questions
Responses to Yes/No Questions
Negative Questions


Lesson 5.

Basic Sentence Structure : Present and Past Tense
Basic Sentence Structure : Using FINISH
Basic Sentence Structure : Future Tense
Note : Establishing the Tense Context

Lesson 6.

Basic Sentence Structure : Object + Subject + Verb
Directional and Non-Directional Verbs
Directional Verbs Incorporating HE/SHE/IT
Directional Verbs with Classifiers

Lesson 7.

Using Numbers
Personal Pronouns Incorporating Number


Lesson 8.

Other Forms of WH-Questions
The SELF pronoun

Lesson 9.

Noun-Verb Pairs
Using Subject as Topic

Lesson 10.

Basic Sentence Structure : Using Modals
Using Negative Modals
Using Modals as Responses to Yes/No Questions


Lesson 11.

Adverbials of Place : HERE and THERE
Note : Use of THIS/THAT
Verbs Incorporating Location
FINISH as Conjunction

Lesson 12.

Existential HAVE
Pronominal Classifiers
Locational Relationship
Note : Adding Movement to Pronominal Classifiers

Lesson 13.

Mass Quantifiers
More on Quantifiers
More on Plurals
More on Using Numbers


Lesson 14

More Negatives
Negative Quantifiers

Lesson 15.

More Directional Verbs
Directional Verbs Incorporating Two Objects
Directional Verbs Incorporating EACH or ALL

Lesson 16.

Time Measurements Incorporating Number
Tense Indicators Incorporating Number
Time Reduplication
Note : More on Time Repetition


Lesson 17.

Using a Clause as Topic
Comparative Sentences

Lesson 18.

Verb Inflection : -REPEATEDLY
Verb Inflection : -CONTINUALLY

Lesson 19.

Adjective Modulation : VERY
Adjective Modulation : -REPEATEDLY
Adjective Modulation : -CONTINUALLY


Lesson 20.

Conditional Sentences
Rhetorical Questions

Lesson 21.

Pluralizing Classifiers
Classifier : 1 Incorporating Number
Note : Other Uses of Classifier 1.
More Quantifiers

Lesson 22.

Outlining for Shape and Detail
Shaping Objects with CLassifiers
Classifiers Showing Motion


Manual Alphabet
Answer Key
Vocabulary Index

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