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Comprehensive Reference Manual for Signers and Interpreters

Comprehensive Reference Manual for Signers and Interpreters by Cheryl M. Hoffman
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A classic in sign language literature since its introduction over two decades ago, this updated and expanded sixth edition of Comprehensive Reference Manual for Signers and Interpreters contains almost seven thousand entries, including vocabulary and idioms, with cross-references and sign descriptions. It is intended primarily for interpreters, but it can also be used effectively by signers who have at least a working knowledge of sign language. This manual is employed most profitably when the user reads the entire sign description before manually executing the sign. Since it is written for the right-hand dominant signer, those who are left-hand dominant must reverse the handedness and direction of the descriptions when and where appropriate. Due to the three-dimensional nature of sign language, it is difficult, if not impossible, to learn how to sign from the two-dimensional pages of any book. Additionally, knowledge of deaf culture is critical to contextually appropriate signing. Therefore, a qualified teacher is of utmost importance to the sign language student who wishes to build real competence in sign production, proper grammatical construction and the all-important understanding of deaf culture. Dedicated and motivated interpreters and signers are constantly striving to increase their inventories of internalized signs. Sometimes, however, this knowledge can slip away if it is not frequently called upon, either expressively or receptively. This manual, therefore, has been written for serious signers and interpreters whose memories need occasional assistance with seldom-used signs and who also wish to increase their sign language repertoires.
Charles C Thomas; February 2009
403 pages; ISBN 9780398079963
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Title: Comprehensive Reference Manual for Signers and Interpreters
Author: Cheryl M. Hoffman