Thursday, February 28, 2008

From Elise-Ann in New York

Lisa participated in a homeschool American Sign Language course I taught last year. In sign language, one often uses a “name sign”, a short sign indicating a person’s name, so it doesn’t need to be spelled out over and over. Typically, the hand shape for a person’s name sign is the initial of the person’s first name, and the movement of the sign can be indicative of the person’s physical appearance, hobby, or general nature or spirit.

The “L” in sign language is made by extending the thumb and pointer into an “L” shape, while keeping the other three fingers folded down onto the palm.

Lisa chose her name sign. With her right hand in the shape of the “L”, she “swept” her “L” in the shape of a huge smile from the left side of her face to the right side, LLLIIIIISSSSAAAAA, all the while grinning from ear to ear. LLLIIIIISSSSAAAAA.

Lisa. Smile.

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