Talking With Your Hands, Listening With Your Eyes by Gabriel Grayson
A Complete Photographic Guide to American Sign Language

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After English and Spanish, it is the third most common language in North America. Over 22 million people use it to communicate. It has its own beauty, its own unmistakable form, and its own inherent culture. It is American Sign Language (ASL), the language of the deaf.

Gabriel Grayson has put together a book that makes signing accessible, easy, and fun. Using almost 1,400 photographs, he has created a comprehensive primer to the techniques, words,

and phrases of signing. Each word or phrase is accompanied by a photo or series of photos that show hand and body motions and facial expressions. Along with the images are step-by-step instructions for forming the sign, as well as a helpful “Visualize” tip that connects the sign with its meaning for easier recall.

After examining the fascinating history and nature of both sign language and the deaf community, Talking With Your Hands explains signing basics, covering such topics as handshapes, fingerspelling, signing etiquette, and more. The remaining chapters provide over 1,700 words and phrases. Throughout the book, informative insets focus on fascinating aspects of deaf history, deaf culture, and significant deaf personalities.


About Gabriel Grayson

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Although Gabriel Grayson can hear, he is uniquely qualified to have authored this book. Born to parents who were both completly deaf, Grayson's first means of trained communication was sign language. The inspirational story of his childhood was the basis for a moving ABC made-for-television movie. Professor Grayson is the chairperson of the Department of Sign Language at New School University in New York City. In addition, he is a principal court-appointed sign language interpreter for the NYC judicial system, and conducts sign language tours at the American Museum of Natural History.
Published February 1, 2003 by Square One Publishers. 396 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Grayson, chair of the New School University's department of sign language, created this massive reference in the hopes of "making it easier to understand, duplicate and remember the vocabul

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