FSL "June" spelling???

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Aug 25 10:48:50 UTC 2005

I ran across it in a book on Sign Language printed in the 1940s in Baltimore, MD, in a used bookstore--which I have since lost.  I didn't have the money to purchase it at the time.  I have asked my Deaf friends in Baltimore, and they remember seeing that sign years ago.  In their case, it was a flat left hand facing the signer pointed to the right as the non-moving hand with the letters going over the top forward for the months.  It's rare, but readable.  I will consult with them again.  I may have to trot over to Gallaudet University Library next month and poke around and see what I can find.
Charles Butler

Nana Dumitra <nana.dumitra at SCHLOSSKLAUS.AT> wrote:

Thanks to everyone for the feedback so far. Yes, Charles, the movement is supposed to be a “turning a calendar backwards” kind of thing. Do you know where I could see this old ASL sign, is it also a sign for “June” or another word?




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It looks as if you are holding the index finger out, and the J hand face down and to the side.  I can understand it from your explanation but it looks very awkward.  Old ASL had a similar sign with the left index finger pointed to the right and the J hand flopping over it, like turning the pages to a calendar forward and back, not to the side.  Is this what you intended, or does the action go left to right.



Honza <honza at ruce.cz> wrote:

Hi Nana,

I think I can read your sign for June.
I tried to read it and than read your explanation and I get the same. 
Just the startin position of right hand in second part of sign seems to 
me a little bit confusing.
keep on. :-)


Nana Dumitra wrote:

> Dear list,
> I am just trying to enter the sign the deaf use most of the time for 
> „June“ (some just spell it, but there is a sign that is more often 
> used than the spelling). I am not sure if I am getting this right. The 
> sign consists of two parts.
> The first part you hold your left index finger in a half position. The 
> right hand using an “i” shape brushes the curve of a letter “j” 
> towards you. Then the second part of this sign takes the end position 
> of the first part and turns it over the still extended index finger 
> (similar to turning the page of a calendar). During this movement the 
> “i” shape of the right hand changes into an “e” shape.
> This is my attempt at it. Any suggestions?
> http://signbank.org/signpuddle/sgn-PH/dict/sl/June_2.png
> I don’t know why, but it seems I did something wrong when I wanted to 
> copy this sign into the e-mail. Please go to the link and look it up 
> there. If someone who is more computer literate than me knows what I 
> did wrong, I would appreciate it (I did it the same way last time and 
> it worked
> Thank you,
> Nana

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