Religious Signing

A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths

By Elaine Costello; Lois Lehman (Illustrator)
Bantam, Paperback, 9780553386196, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

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Since the fourth century, when Spanish monks first started signing to communicate during their vows of silence, sign language has been used in religious communities of all faiths. Present-day American Sign Language (ASL) carries on that tradition. Like any living language, it continues to grow and change to meet the communication needs of an ever more diverse religious population. This comprehensive guide, newly revised, updated, and expanded, gives you all the vocabulary you need to communicate effectively in any religious setting.

From Alleluia to Zizith, more than 750 signs and their specific meanings

Large, clear, upper-torso illustrations that show the corresponding movements of hands, body, and face

Easy-to-follow instructions to help you master the art of expressing signs

A complete index for quick access to any sign

With an essential section of religious “name signs,” the addition of signs for the Muslim faith, and an expanded selection of favorite verses, prayers, and blessings, this book is an indispensable resource for signers of all denominations. Written with expertise by an educator and author associated with the field of deafness for more than thirty years, it makes communicating by ASL in a religious setting simple and easy, no matter your level of experience.

About the Author
Dr. Elaine Costello is an educator and author who has been associated with the deaf community for over 20 years. She is the former director and editor in chief of the Gallaudet College Press at Washington D.C.'s Gallaudet College, the world's only liberal arts college for the deaf. She is also the author of the Random House American Sign Language Dictionary.
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