To do the sign for SELF-STUDY you start with an "A" handshape in
front of your chest. If you are right handed, the palm-side of the
"A"-hand is toward your left. Bring the thumb-side of the
"A"-hand back to your chest. Note: you are not "jabbing" your chest
with the tip of your thumb, rather you are bringing the whole length
of the thumb into contact with your chest.
The phrase "self-study" is a compound sign. By that I mean you are
compounding the signs SELF and STUDY into one concept "SELF-STUDY."
The sign SELF is normally done using a double movement when used to
mean "myself" or "my own." When used as part of the compound
sign "SELF-STUDY" the second movement (of the sign SELF) is dropped.
Additionally, the most common version of the sign for STUDY tends to
use a fluttering of the fingers. In the compound sign
SELF-STUDY the fluttering movement of the sign STUDY is reduced.
Also see: STUDY
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