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Communication Link: A Dictionary of Signs [Spiral-bound]

Cath Smith , Beverley School , D. Hodgson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Spiral-bound: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Beverley School; 3rd Revised edition edition (15 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871832012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871832013
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 21.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cath Smith (nee Catherine Quinn) attended Rochdale Convent Grammar School and trained in social work with deaf people in Manchester and London in the early '70s. During her 18 years employment in a deaf school she also qualified as a BSL/English Interpreter and began her writing career with a range of accessible and ground-breaking books on BSL (British Sign Language). After founding she is now well-known for her creation of the LET'S SIGN Series of BSL educational materials and graphics which are widely used in education and adult BSL courses. See for details of the full range of LET'S SIGN BSL publications and for all new development work.

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From the Publisher

When Communication Link came out in 1984 it was a pioneering book in a much needed area, since then it has been regulary revised and now updated for the latest 3rd Edition.

The book now contains approximately 1,900 commonly used signs in clear line drawings with explanatory captions, which now have more information on contextual meaning and variation, as well as a 2,900 word index in alphabetical order.

Several other books have been produced using Communication Link which include the unique Songs In Sign, Children's Sign Dictionary, Signs For Beginners and Signs For Use In Hospitals.

Please could you also note that this is not a commercial publication, it is still produced in Beverley School as it has been since it's inception and any profit which the project makes goes directly to enhance the education opportunities of our children.

Any comments or suggestions are always appreciated at the following emails: or

Many thanks for your interest

Sign Dictionary Team Beverley School For Deaf Children

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Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alphabetical Dictionary 25 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Along with "Dictionary of British Sign Language" by David Brien and Mary Brennan, "Communication Link" is the most consise BSL dictionary available. With plenty of signs and good explanations, this book is a nice help when learning BSL. that some signs learned in BSL classes can be regional signs and may differ from the dictionary's entry.
However, it is a shame, that signs have not been arranged thematically instead of alphabetically. Riekehof's "The Joy of Signing" on ASL is done that way and readers can much easily find information in sections like family, education, body, etc. This also encourages to read about similar signs within sections.
Let's hope the 4th edition of "Communication Link" will rearrange its signs in a more learner-oriented way and put signs in different topic sections and just have an alphabetical index of signs in the end.
More grammar wouldn't harm either.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good reference source for the BSL student 20 Dec 1999
This book is quite simply brilliant. A must have reference source for the beginner and expert alike. Has aprox 1,900 illustrations (which are of the highest clarity)along with a precise and easy to follow instruction for each of the signs. Vocabulary has obviously been carefully chosen - contains the signs people "actually" use in every day situations. Very very good.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Communication Link - A useable sign dictionary 27 Nov 2001
By A Customer
A sign dictionary that is easy to use and easy to understand. Must be good as people keep 'borrowing' my copy... I'm on my fourth copy in 10 years.
I also own the BSL dictionary - this is the one I reach for and use!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dictionary of Signs. 6 Nov 2009
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I had been using an old copy of "Communication Link: A Dictionary of Signs." for years. It was very easy for me and my Downs Syndrome son to use.So when I need to replace it, I was not very happy as normally the "NEW" of anything is never as good as the "OLD" one. But, I am very pleased to report that this new dictionary is just as easy to use as the old one and it is far more comprehensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sign Dictionary 13 Jun 2014
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The item was just as described. It was an item that had been used and was described as in 'excellent condition'. This turned out to be true as the item was indeed excellent condition and well worth the price I paid. It was delivered on time and was securely packaged. A good buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars received the book in good time. 27 April 2014
By Derek
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it was a shame that the seller was not more honest with the description, when the book arrived some of the pages were stuck together with what looks like tea or coffee that had been spilt over the book and not even wiped off the cover.
i have cleaned the book and use it now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars teaching makaton to primary school 1 Mar 2014
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I found the book very helpful as I had not taught any signing for some years. The book was a good refresher
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Dec 2013
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Bought this to help with sign language level 1. So far there have been few signs which I have needed to know which aren't in the book. Drawings and descriptions of the signs are good. Book is a bit out of date but still very useful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely clear book, would recommend to all.
As a f/t Volunteer, I oft find myself facing disabled, including the Hard of Hearing. I am using this text book as a good solid support for my college education in BSL. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bill Aitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book
Got this book for the wife who has recently started a sign language course, it was a "stop-gap" book as the book recommended for her course is still out of stock. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ian D Bayntun
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book
Excellent easy to follow guide ( in alphabetical order)
Includes a good range of basic signs
Sign graphics are easy to follow to enable the correct formation -... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Busy Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars clear and user friendly
been using this book for 2 years and i like how it shows you different ways of signing regardless of what level you are in.
Published on 10 Feb 2011 by Miss Moyo
2.0 out of 5 stars OK for beginners
This book, and others by the same author, are OK for those just beginning to learn British Sign Language (BSL) but will not take you very far beyond the initial stages. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2009 by Jay Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars communication link, Dictionary of signs.
A valuable book for anybody wanting to learn BSL, A good range of signs presented in clear easy to understand illustrations.
Published on 9 Jun 2009 by Ms. T. L. Hardwick
1.0 out of 5 stars what used to be
What a pity this book didn't live up to its promise to be regularly revised, only 2 revisions in 22 years? Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2007 by Dennis Potter
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