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sit / chair

This is the classic "noun/verb" pair.  The verb has a somewhat larger, single movement.  The noun has a somewhat smaller, double movement.

CHAIR: [noun--double movement]  (Do the sign "sit" twice.)



SIT:
This sign is the "verb" form of the sign "CHAIR."  You just do the first half of the sign "CHAIR."  One quick motion.



BENCH: One movement.  Modified form of  "CHAIR."
This sign could also be used to indicate a row of people sitting.


couch:  This is a combination of "SIT" and "C" classifier handshapes to show the shape of a couch.
 In context, you don't need to do the first part of this sign.


ANXIOUS:
The sign "SIT" can be modified to show someone squirming in their chair.  This can be used to mean "anxiety" and similar concepts.


A student asked me, "How do you sign "Long Time."
My response involved the sign "sit" so I'm including it here:
In general I just do the sign "long" and then "time." BUT...if you are signing something like, "I sat for a long time" you would modify the verb SAT with a "temporal inflection." What I mean by that is...you would do the sign for "sit"...then you would move both hands up an inch, forward, down, and back (keeping your hands together--or shall we say, "keeping your buns on the chair") using a circular motion. This motion means that you have been sitting for a long time--so in that case you would not need a separate sign for "long time." The concept of "long time" would be shown by the way you move the sign.


Also see:  SWING



American Sign Language University ASL resources by Lifeprint.com Dr. William Vicars
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