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From:  Bill Reese
Date:  Sat Jan 8, 2000  5:27 pm
Subject:  Re: American sign for "FEW"


I don't know what the cultural American deaf actually use but when learning ASL
for the past few years, I learned FEW and SEVERAL. SEVERAL was like how you are
showing FEW. FEW opened all but the last (pinky) finger. The thumb stopped
against the pinky, which would remain bent.

Bill Reese

Valerie Sutton wrote:

> >the arrow doesn´t mean that the whole hand moves to the right side. Is that
> >correct?
> >
> >In DGS "few" is signed not parallel to the floor but to the wall. So same
> >writing - just without the gaps? is that correct? The hand stays - just
> >changing from closed fist to 5 fingers hand.
> >Could you show one gif of that please ?
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Good Evening, SW List ;-)
> Attached are two files. The first, less022.gif, is the one attached earlier
> today. The arrows mean traveling to the side. So Yes....the arrows do mean
> that the whole hand moves to the right side.
> The second attachment, less023.gif, shows the same kind of finger openings,
> with different directions of arm movements, and different palm facing. They
> are not signs - just examples of possible writing.
> When I show you these diagrams, I am not teaching ASL...I am not an expert
> on ASL! I enjoy signing personally, but I am not an ASL teacher.
> Nor are my examples necessarily correct in ASL...the less022.gif examples
> were taken from our ASL dictionary with movement to the side while the hand
> opens. That is the way our Deaf staff members wrote the sign for FEW back
> in 1995, but I am sure there are many different versions for the same sign
> in ASL, in different parts of the country.
> So even if you have a similar sign for FEW in Germany, and even if that
> sign originally came over from the USA from a Deaf person who had graduated
> from Gallaudet or whatever the influence...once the sign is used by Deaf
> people in another culture, it becomes uniquely theirs - with their
> direction of movement and their emphasis and their palm even
> foreign signs change as they are used.
> That is what happened in the English spoken language - we borrowed so many
> words from French and German and Scandinavian languages...but the words
> themselves changed and became uniquely English.
> Here are the two attachments I mentioned:
> Name: less022.gif
> less022.gif Type: GIF Image (image/gif)
> Encoding: base64
> Name: less023.gif
> less023.gif Type: GIF Image (image/gif)
> Encoding: base64

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2564 Re: American sign for "FEW" Valerie Sutton Sun  1/9/2000

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