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October 18, 2002

U of A sign language dictionary a Canadian gesture

From: Edmonton Journal, Canada
Oct. 18, 2002

Scott McKeen, Journal Staff Writer
The Edmonton Journal

Friday, October 18, 2002
A new sign of success for the deaf community is bound in hardcover and covers 840 pages.

University of Alberta Press officially released the Canadian Dictionary of American Sign Language on Thursday.

The book contains 8,000 entry words.

The dictionary, which took more than 20 years to produce, includes Canadian regional signing variations to common words, and reflects such cultural obsessions as winter sports.

And Wayne Gretzky gets used in an example sentence, while cities such as Edmonton and Calgary have specific signs.

Carol Sue Bailey and Kathy Dolby, who teach at the Alberta School for the Deaf, did much of the work on the book during their free time and are credited as editors.

Here are a few examples from the new dictionary:
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