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March 14 , 2008

Basic ASL Dictionary


This Basic ASL Dictionary contains ASL signs for the eight hundred and fifty concepts most frequently used by native speakers of American English. English words for the signs, sometimes called Glosses, are the eight hundred and fifty words in the C. K. Ogden Basic English Word list. These words, extracted from everyday speech by Linguists, are said to be able to do the work of 20,000 English words, when every meaning of each word, or gloss, is considered. Beginning ASL study by learning these signs, most of which are citation signs, can enable a new student to become fluent quickly. Every sign in this dictionary has been examined by at least one member of the Deaf community, and certified to be current, meaningful, clear, and used in the Deaf community. The included signs convey one meaning of the Ogden words clearly, sometimes more than one meaning. Conveying the full power of 20,000 concepts in ASL requires the larger dictionary I'm preparing. I hope to publish the larger dictionary sometime before the year 2012.

Date release: December 29, 2008

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