"An abridged edition of 'the most comprehensive and clearly written dictionary of sign language ever
published.'"-- "Los Angeles Times""Your ASL dictionary is Webster's for ASL. There is no more comprehensive and
authorative source.-- Harlan Lane, author of, "When the Mind Hears" and "The Mask of Benevolence""Four thumbs up! Martin
Sterberg's intelligence and passion for his subject gleams in this monumental work."-- David Hays, Founding Artistic
Director, The National Theatre of the Deaf"A fabulous reference book, a must for everybody's library."-- Dorothy Chler,
President, Coalition of Deaf Educators"An invaluable and indispensable tool for the student of American Sign Language.
Martin Sternberg has done an excellent job."-- I. King Jordan, President, Gallaudet University"Martin Sternberg has done
a magnificent job of opening the doors to the resplendence and distictiveness of our visual language."-- Bernard Bragg,
Internationally Renowed Deaf Actor and Mime
From the Back Cover
An illustrated abridgment of the most authoritative reference book on sign language, with well-written and
easily understood instructions for the use of each sign. More than 5,000 signs and 8,000 illustrations. And now includes
more than 500 new signs and 1,500 new illustrations.
About the Author
Martin L. A. Sternberg, Ed.D., is a native New Yorker. Deaf since the age of seven, he has spent most of his career
working with deaf people. The idea for this book came from Dr. Elizabeth Peet, Dr. Sternberg's sign language teacher at
Gallaudet University (for the deaf), in Washington, DC. Dr. Sternberg kept Dr. Peet's ideas and methods, but expanded
the work greatly. Early work on the project received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and
Welfare to New York University, the sponsoring institution. A graduate of the City College of New York, American
University, and New York University, Dr. Sternberg has enjoyed a distinguished career as a teacher at Gallaudet, New
York, Hofstra, and Adelphi Universities. HE is currently chairman of the board of trustees of Lexington School for the
Deaf and Lexington Center for the Deaf. He is the author of four ASL dictionaries and a Codies Award-winning CD-ROM, all
published by HarperCollins. He also received Emmy and Peabody nominations for his ASL series by the NBC network,
"Speaking With Your Hands," as well as medals at various international film and television festivals.