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From:  Cecelia Smith
Date:  Sun Jan 10, 1999  10:37 pm
Subject:  Re: actors

ahhh, you picked a good one here.


Those four signs, which require two English words to gloss, are very
interesting to me morphologically.

The first three start with a part of an actual sign (KNOW, LIKE, WANT) And
are negated by a specific movement that brings in negation. DON'T CARE does
not have that readily identifiable part (CARE) but still has the negation
part. What is that thing on the nose mean? CARE???? I don't think so.
But the whole sign means "DON'T CARE" ... HMMMmmmmmm interesting

Are they compounds? I think so. But what about DON'T CARE -- what is that
from? And what is the negation thing.. that is ONLY found in these limited
signs. (if you know of any others, let me know. I'd really like to find

Sometimes, I think the negation part of these signs must be a remnant left
from a much earlier version of the Sign Language we use... much like the
prefix "luke" as in "lukewarm" What is luke? And it is ONLY found when
describing temperature, and then only with a level of warm. And then there is
still "DON'T CARE"

Also notice that the negation is specifically identified to mean DON'T ..
which is itself a compound of meaning Do and Not ..... can we
complicate things more?

But your question... was are they 2 signs. No. A compound in Sign Language
is not two signs anymore than a compound in English is two words. They are
produced as one unit, that's what makes them a compound. Like the English
word "cupboard" is a compound of cup and board, and is pronounced more like
"kabird" and not "cup-board"


another 2 cents. Can you tell I'm avoiding doing housework?

Cecelia Smith (~_~)
(who read her last message and remembered the concept of Spell Check)

In a message dated 1/10/99 5:12:06 PM Eastern Standard Time,

> You guys are going to educate me despite myself.
> So then "don't know" in sign language is two symbols?

  Replies Author Date
863 Re: actors Joe Martin Mon  1/11/1999
872 Re: actors Susanne Bentele Wed  1/13/1999

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