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Language: Minimal Pairs
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Hi there.... would it be possible to chat with you and go
over some sign language "minimal pairs" for my sign language college class?
Or can I IM the info to you? My name is Janet ______.
Sure go ahead
[Editor's note: Minimal Pairs
are two signs which share three out of four production
parameters: handshape, movement,
palm orientation and location]
The first set I'm working on have the same
handshape, movement and
location but have a different palm orientation:
Can you think of any others? I have three other parameter sets as well but
I would prefer to do one at a time. Is that ok?
Which college do you attend?
community college, [Columbus, Ohio]
Ah, I see, and your teacher won't help you with this stuff
No and i've been looking online for info and haven't found
much. I'm really rusty with my signing so I'm trying to figure out if my
pairs are really ok. I have to do four sets with one parameter of each set
being different and everything else remaining the same.
Okay, the ones you have listed are good.
Except perhaps "choose/pick"
Unless you are saying one is an "F" hand and the other is
an 8 hand?
Pick is up and down movement while choose is back and forth
movement with everything else being the same
Ah...I see yah..."pick up vs. choose/select"
if I were you I'd grab a dictionary and just flip through
it until I found signs that work for your project.
I've already done that and I'm just looking for some
let me look at your list again...hd
So, if that group looks ok how about this onepalm
orientation, movement and location are the same but handshape is different:
how about: summer, dry, ugly (except the facial
rooster / father
me / my
home / yesterday
cute / sweet
summer, dry and ugly I have in the category that location
is different and everything else is the same right??
um, SAD and CRY are debatable
could also debate PIG and DIRTY--the movement is a bit
the signs DIRTY and PIG both use could be called "internal
wiggle" but the movement itself is different.
APPLE and CANDY are solid choices
WHITE/LIKE are good
handshape, palm orientation and movement are the same while
location is different --
um cute /sweet are same location in my book (different
handshape). I have though seen some people do a version of "candy" on the
cheek that uses the "U" handshape. For CANDY, I prefer to twist an index
finger on my cheek. Heh.
movement being different
What do you think?
must/need debatable but yah (inflection: intensity)
thirsty/swallow debatable regarding palm orientation
pain/opposite?? yah (one version of pain, if use single movement)
disappear/start debatable location
break/change debatable handshape
okay well looks like you will do well enough to pass eh? I
gotta jam...anything else?
no but thanks...
good luck and have a nice evening.
:) welcome bye