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girl

Place the tip of your right thumb on your right chin.  Slide the tip of the right thumb forward and down along the cheek.
 
Memory tip:  Girls used to wear bonnets that they tied under their chin.  [You might want to visit the BOY/GIRL "tour" page for more information.]

GIRL:



Little-girl:

Tip: think of the height of the boy or girl.



WOMAN: = FEMALE + FINE


WOMAN: (version)
Sometimes you might see the sign "MOM" followed by the sign "FINE."  This is interpreted as "WOMAN."

 


LADY = FEMALE + POLITE


To sign polite you brush the tip of the thumb of your right five-hand twice on your chest using an upward motion.  The hand moves in a very small circle, up, out, down, back.  It is on the upward stroke that the thumb-tip touches the chest.  You might see other versions of this sign, but this is how I do it.


Optional Reading:
In a message dated 2/10/2006 7:32:25 PM Pacific Standard Time, DJ3262 writes:

Hey Dr. Bill,
I got the book Linguistics Of American Sign Language 4th edition. I don't know whether you have it or not. Very good and interesting. A few things, though. This book mentions that the sign for girl is repetitive. Where did they get that from? I couldn't find that in my dictionary or on your website.
Thanks.
--Douglas

Douglas,

You will find that many Deaf people sign "GIRL" with a single movement.
It is the same with the sign "BOY." Some people do the sign "BOY" with a double movement, some do a single movement.
When "GIRL" is signed as part of a compound like "GIRL-FRIEND" you should certainly use a single movement.
I find that the "double movement" tends to show up more when the sign BOY or GIRL is being used as a single sign response to a question. 
Example: 
Signer one:  JENNY BORN FINISH? (Did Jenny give birth yet?"
Signer two:  GIRL! (double movement).

As you study, keep in mind these two guidelines:
1. There is a great deal of variation out there in the "real world."
2. American Sign Language, like all living languages, is constantly evolving.

--Bill
 



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