Signs Make Sense: A Guide to British Sign Language (Human horizons series) Paperback – 17 May 1990
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"A very useful book." -- 'British Deaf News'
"Great books to help further understanding of the language of deaf people." -- 'The Teacher'
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The principles of British Sign Language for beginners
Published by Souvenir Press, London in 1990, SIGNS MAKE SENSE was the first book of its kind concerning British Sign Language, offering a "lively and fascinating introduction to its principles".
The book considers how handshapes and sign locations can be linked to meaning, encouraging the reader to think visually rather than through words. It includes a section explaining how time is marked in BSL, number incorporation, handshapes representing people and vehicles, the central role of facial and bodily expression, and some of the factors involved in its diverse variations.
The layout is clear and accessible and designed to help beginners to recognise some of the basic principles and structures of BSL through an understanding of its internal logic, whilst at the same time, developing a working knowledge of its vocabulary.See all Product Description
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In a sea of BSL books that just contain words and pictures, this actually makes sense of BSL. For example, instead of showing one finger as a person and two fingers on a hand as a person walking, it goes into how all the different ways and words in which a person can be represented by one finger - or two fingers in the case of walking and other related words. There is also sensible grouping - all the "thinking/knowing/forgetting" words together with signs grouped around the head. And a section representing all the "good" words with the "good"/thumbs-up handshape.
And as such, you read the book once, and you remember the signs you've seen.
Again, by far the best I've seen (of around 8 books).
One thing to be aware of - not that this is a criticism of the book - is that regional adaptations to signs may require you to alter what you see in this book.
Overall, a great headstart to learning sign language. 5 thumbs up.
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Great book. Not for me. Great price. No hassle sending back big bonus.
I would highly recommend to everybody.