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The Signing Space
Once concept that we will be emphasizing is the signer's use of space. The use of space is a critical feature in ASL. You have to keep in mind it is a 3-D visual language. Therefore using and manipulating the space around you is one of the ways the language comes to life. Using space can convey noun/verb relationships, identify nouns and pronouns, refer to individuals who are and are not present. illustrate time sequencing, reflect spatial relationships, compare and contrast and so much more. The typical signers space, called the signing space, is where most of the signing occurs. That space is here. Fingerspelling space is typically in this area. You will raise your hand and its marked here. Remember, in lesson 1 we showed you the space to finger spell. I am just reminding you of that space again-so its right here. The horizontal plane is used for showing time, diagraming physical space and setting up conceptual referents and that space is here. Examples of horizontal space is giving directions, comparing two things or establishing nouns and pronouns. These are the signs that you establish in front of you. All of your pronouns that we will be discussing are located on this plane. Vertical space is used for map type diagraming and to show hierarchal and power relationships- both real and abstract. The vertical plane is here. Examples of the vertical plane are showing the USA- where you are on the map. Or even creating a visual flow chart showing the chain of command. So you would have your boss, your supervisors and your employees. Mind you those are not the signs that is just the use of space. So now we have a good idea of understanding our signing space, lets move on and talk about pronouns.
Time and Space
Before we get into the specifics of time we want to show you how space is used when it comes to time. Alright, just so you kn ow at home Byron has an interpreter here signing everything I am saying so we will not be doing this telepathically. Alright, Byron, will you sign PAST, LAST -WEEK, and LONG-AGO? What did you notice about this space? did you catch that the motion of this sign moves behind you? Just like the past its behind ya! Byron, will you sign them again, but also add YESTERDAY and LAST-YEAR. Awesome, if you guys didm' take the connection all the signs are incorporating a specific use of space. Alright, do you mind signing TODAY and NOW. Did you notice the space used for these two signs? Sign them again for us Byron. These signs were directly in front of him and close to his body. Now sign FUTURE, NEXT-WEEK and NEXT-YEAR. Are you noticing a shift in space? Sign them again for us, but this time sign TOMORROW. Those signs move forward and away from the body. Will you sign PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE? So there we have it, PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE. Thanks Byron for teaching our spaces.
Deaf Culture Highlight- Regional Variations
This video has been interpreted into English and is completely signed in ASL. Byron describes the regional variation of signs.
Now we want you to think of the different activities you participate during the wintertime. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite activities and we are going to show you how to sign them now. Here is the concept of bundling up. Whenever I think of bundling up I think of Ralphie’s little brother, Randy in the classic movie, Christmas Story. When signing bundle up, you simply need to sign the different clothing articles that help you do this. Watch byron get all bundled up. Here is another love of mine during the winter. Drinking Hot Coco. I don’t know about you, but I always baked cookies with my mom during cold winter days.You could always find yourself in a snowball fight. Whether you throw snowballs like Buddy the Elf or not, it is always fun to have an annual winter snowball fight. Some people prefer to stay home when the snow falls, maybe even sit by a fire. Younger folks may enjoy sledding, skiing or even tubing down a hill. If you are not into the adrenaline rush of speeding down a hill another option is to make a snow family or maybe even a snow angel. And the worst job of all is to shovel that drive way so that you can get in and out safely. Make sure you have the appropriate expressions when showing your love for this job.Practice those sentences and also create your own as you see fit. Now we want to do a quick comprehension check and see if you can identify the following weather and activities.
Watch the following game of Simon Says. You will pick up additional vocabulary by watching the actions included in the game. Use context clues to help you figure out the new signs.
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