ERIC Number: ED248932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Classifiers in ASL: A Manual for Instructors. American Sign Language Community College Network.
Peralta Community Coll. System, Berkeley, CA. Vista Coll.
Following a discussion of the role of classifiers (i.e., verbs of motion and location) in American Sign Language, this manual presents a six-unit program designed to teach students to produce sentences with classifiers. First, an overview is provided of the hierarchy of verbs of motion and location produced when the resources of the body are combined with specific movements. This section includes an inventory with five different groupings of classifiers used by signers to refer to an object: size and space specifiers, which refer to the physical characteristics of an object; abstract semantic classifiers, which classify objects belonging to certain groups of nouns (e.g., humans or vehicles); body classifiers, which are those parts of the body that are doing the action or serving as a real world reference frame; instrument classifiers, which are those parts of the body that manipulate the referent object; and primitive classifiers, which refer to an area or cluster of things. Next, the six instructional units are presented, covering: (1) tracing and basic shapes, in which students are introduced to the classifiers for each basic shape; (2) combination, deletion, and substitution; (3) basic movement roots, including the stative, contact, and active forms; (4) the real world reference frame; (5) the abstract reference frame and semantic classifiers; and (6) the shift between reference frame and semantic classifiers. An inventory of classifiers is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Peralta Community Coll. System, Berkeley, CA. Vista Coll.