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Intermediate Conversational Sign Language
by Willard Madsen
Gallaudet University Press, 1982
Paper: 978-0-913580-79-0 | eISBN: 978-1-56368-210-0
Library of Congress Classification HV2474.M32 1982
Dewey Decimal Classification 419

"Intermediate Conversational Sign Language is a significant departure from standard dictionary-type sign language books and a valuable tool in helping students develop conversational sign language competence. The text lends insight into the overall realm of human communication and merits a place in the library."


This fully illustrated text offers a unique approach to using American Sign Language (ASL) and English in a bilingual setting. Each of the 25 lessons involve sign language conversation using colloquialisms that are prevalent in informal conversations. Each lesson includes equivalent expressions in English, plus:

glossed vocabulary review

translation exercises from ASL to English to ASL

grammatical notes

substitution drills

suggested activities.

The text also includes practice tests, a bibliography, and a glossed alphabetical index.

Willard J. Madsen is former Associate Professor of Sign Language at Gallaudet University.

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