|Tip: think of the height of the boy or girl.|
WOMAN: = FEMALE + FINE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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