American Sign Language Demystified by Kristin Mulrooney

By Kristin Mulrooney

Decode ASL with tips from a Gallaudet collage professor and a necessary DVD. nice as a complement to a high-school or collage. path or for self-study, American signal Language. Demystified walks you step by step in the course of the basics. of this visible language. At your individual velocity, you'll study simple grammar constructions, notice the nuances of physique language in ASL, grasp how you can show time as opposed to verb stressful in different languages, and construct an invaluable ASL vocabulary of symptoms and phrases.. in the course of the e-book you could computer screen your development via self-tests, and a accomplished ultimate examination on the finish of the publication supplies speedy suggestions on new language abilities. The publication additionally positive aspects one hundred fifty pictures of signing in growth in addition to a 90-minute DVD of words and conversations in ASL.

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Morphemes are meaningful parts of words and signs that cannot be further subdivided without a loss of meaning. In English, a word such as houses is made from two morphemes. The first, house, means a building that serves as living quarters. The second, -s, means more than one. We can’t further subdivide the word house. For instance, English doesn’t have a meaning attached to the unit hou. Some morphemes are free, meaning they are grammatical units that can occur by themselves, such as house. Other morphemes, like -s, are bound, meaning they are grammatical units that can never occur by themselves; they must be attached to some other morpheme.

The parallels with spoken English are apparent. While English combines consonants and vowels to create words, ASL uses postures and transitions to create signs. ASL signs, like words, comprise a series of segments that are produced sequentially. The segments are a cluster of features—hand configuration, placement of the hand, and direction of the hand—that can be described. ASL Morphology Now that you have an understanding of how ASL builds individual signs, we can look at how it creates more complex words.

It is important to pay attention to how this occurs and begin to practice using your facial expressions and body language as you learn sign vocabulary. If you focus on just memorizing lexical signs, you will not learn to produce grammatical ASL properly. Your face and body must be incorporated if you are to be successful. In this chapter, you learned the following: 1. How facial expressions are used to identify basic sentence structures. 2. How facial expressions are used to express grammatical aspect.

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