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National Center for Sign Language and Gesture Resources

The goal of this project is to make available several different types of experimental resources and analyzed data to facilitate linguistic and computational research on signed languages and the gestural components of spoken languages. This project will make available sophisticated facilities for data collection, a standardization of protocol for such collection, and large amounts of language data.

American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project

Linguistic publications - "Language across modalities: ASL focus and question constructions", "A Particle of Indefiniteness in American Sign Language", "The Distribution of Functional Projections in ASL: Evidence from Overt Expressions of Syntactic Features", "SignStream™: A Database Tool for Research on Visual-Gestural Language", "Morphological Inflections and Syntactic Representations of Person and Number in ASL", and more.

JERIC Clearinghouse on Languages & Linguistics ASL Resource Guide

The purpose of this Resource Guide is to provide resources and information on ASL to those who are interested in learning it, would like to learn more about the language, or are already involved in ASL education either as a teacher or a student. While the topic of ASL is inherently related to the broader subjects of deafness and Deaf culture, this Resource Guide provides information related primarily to the language itself, with only limited information on the issues that surround it.

Sign Language Studies

A Quarterly Journal Edited by David F. Armstrong SLS has presented a unique forum for revoultionary papers on signed languages and other related disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology, semiotics, and deaf studies, history, and literature.

The Syntax of American Sign Language: Functional Categories and Hierarchical Structure (Language, Speech, and Communication)

by Carol Jan Neidle, et al
Recent research on the syntax of signed languages has revealed that, apart from some modality-specific differences, signed languages are organized according to the same underlying principles as spoken languages. This book addresses the organization and distribution of functional categories in American Sign Language (ASL), focusing on tense, agreement, and wh-constructions.

Linguistics of American Sign Language: An Introduction

by Clayton Valli, Ceil Lucas
An introduction to basic concepts of linguistics as they pertain to American Sign Language (ASL) structure, with sections on phonology, morphology, syntax, the use of language, and semantics (new to this second edition). Deals with variation and historical change in ASL, and offers classic and contemporary supplemental readings on ASL and general linguistics.

Sign Stream

SignStream is a database tool for analysis of linguistic data captured on video. Although SignStream is being designed specifically for working with data from American Sign Language, the tool may be applied to any kind of language data captured on video. In particular, SignStream would be suited to the study of other signed languages as well as to studies that include the gestural component of spoken languages.

American Sign Language as a Foreign Language

by Sherman Wilcox, University of New Mexico & Joy Kreeft Peyton, Center for Applied Linguistics Answers to interesting questions about ASL: Is ASL a Language? If ASL Is Used in the United States, How Can It Be Considered a "Foreign" Language? Are ASL Users in This Country Part of a Different Culture? Is There a Body of Literature in ASL? Is ASL Easier to Learn Than Other Foreign Languages?

International Center for Sign Language Assessment

The ICSLA combines the unique resources of an international team of experts, consisting of deaf and hearing professional in the fields of deaf education, applied linguistics, psychology, and computer sciences. One of the ICSLA's objectives is to develop sign language assessment instruments for use in schools to measure deaf students’ developmental status.

International Sign Language

International Sign Language (Gestuno) is a constructed sign language which the World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf originally discussed in 1951.

Free Printable Sign Language Alphabet - Printable Sign Language Words for Kids

Current research indicates that children as young as six months old can learn sign language, which has become a valuable tool for parents of kids who cannot speak yet. Teaching children sign language also facilitates hand eye coordination and helps them to understand and accept the differences in other people. There are numerous resources available for both teachers and parents to help them teach children sign language in a fun and oftentimes artistic way. From flashcards to mazes, coloring books to connect the dots, there are ways to teach any child how to sign.

  1. ASL Alphabet Coloring Pages Provides a coloring page for each letter of the alphabet with the sign language used for the letter. This is a great way for kids to not only learn the alphabet but learn a little bit of sign language as well.
  2. Printable ASL Flashcards Provides printable flashcards of the alphabet complete with the letters corresponding sign, perfect for the classroom and the home.
  3. Sign Language Printouts Provides several different printouts that teach children sign language all in the form of games, coloring activities, mazes and connect the dot printouts.
  4. ASL Worksheets and Projects Provides printable worksheets teaching kids the ASL alphabet in capital and lowercase letters as well as craft projects to teach kids sign language.
  5. Graffiti Sign Language A printable worksheet teaching kids the sign language alphabet and drawn in graffiti style – perfect for young boys.
  6. Printable Sign Language Worksheets Provides printable flashcards for all twenty-six letters as well as sign language handouts and printable phrase worksheets.
  7. Activity Village Flashcards Provides printable flashcards in .pdf format for ASL letters. These flashcards are simple and easy to use making them perfect for quick quizzes and exercises.
  8. Krafty Kidz Provides coloring pages for all twenty-six letters of the ASL alphabet providing not only educational benefits but an artistic one as well.
  9. Free Coloring Books Provides five different free printable coloring books that teach kids the alphabet and key phrases in sign language. The phrases are great ways for kids to learn to say “I love you” to their parents or “hello” to their friends.
  10. Baby Sign Language Provides thirteen flashcards to teach babies typical words they may need to sign to mom and dad before they learn how to talk. It’s a great way for adults to figure out why their baby may be upset, whether they’re hungry or sleepy.

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