American Sign Language: "accent"
sign ACCENT (as in a variation in speech) form your dominant hand
into an index finger handshape and hold it near your throat. Move your hand
to your throat and make contact with the tip of your index finger.
In a message dated 2/9/2006 6:17:14 AM Pacific Standard Time, Donna
do you] sign "accent" -- the context is this: I am having some trouble
moving my fingers because of swelling due to wrist surgery and some
arthritis, so when I mentioned that the interpreter in our first class,
she said "Oh, you sign with an accent." (I said I signed with a lisp!) --
in any case, I think that's a good line, so I'd like to be able to
reproduce it. The interpreter, however, was only there for the first
class, thus I would like the sign for "accent," or maybe "lisp" or maybe
both! (Can you say "greedy"?)
Thank you, and keep up the good work.
Donna Bursey '97
Technical Services Manager, Advancement Services
The sign for "accent" is done by poking your throat
(lightly) with your index finger. You can poke it either once or
twice. (But I only poke once.) I agree with you in that what you have
is more of a "lisp" than an accent, but the interpreter was right in that a
"common" way of referring to signing that is different from the norm is to
refer to it as "having an accent."
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