Written by Tom Humphries and Carol Padden. A Basic Course in American Sign Language (Text) features nearly 1,000 vocabulary items, illustrations, brief explanations and examples of some basic structures of American Sign Language. It includes exercises for the student to practice these structures. Here is a sign language book which provides so much information on ASL grammar in such an easy-to-learn format. With a book like this on the market, there is no reason for a hearing person to think that learning ASL grammar is too difficult. The rules are laid out and explained simply, with many exercises. And, of course, there are signs to be learned. Want to get started speaking the language of the Deaf community instead of just speaking English a different way? Then this is the ideal book for you.