Signs Found

Adam Frost icemandeaf at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 10 02:15:33 UTC 2007

I can see why you might think that because you'd think that people trying to get away from English would not opt to take fingerspelling over something that just has the inital English letter. The reason is not that it is any less English, but that it is clearly English. You see, the sign with the intial letter from English is a mixture of two languages. So with that and language purist like myself and many Deafies today, you end up with a preference for fingerspelling English words that have no true ASL equivalent. 



-----Original Message-----
From: "Charles Butler" <chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 18:17:09 
To:sw-l at
Subject: Re: [sw-l] Signs Found

Odd that fingerspelling - which is tied directly to English, would be preferred to inital + calendar, which is much more of  mime. 

Adam Frost <icemandeaf at> wrote: You are right that the ASL Community prefers the abbreviations over these signs. Whether they started before SEE came about as regular ASL signs or not, they have been regarded as SEE signs and rejected as such. People will still use them, but it is not looked upon positively. 



-----Original Message-----
From: "K.J. Boal" 
Date: Wed, 09 May 2007 18:52:47 
To:sw-l at
Subject: RE: [sw-l] Signs Found

Yes, I've seen all the months signed that way... as a matter of fact, I 
first learned to sign them that way, and started using the more common 
fingerspelled abbreviations later. I saw them again in a Signing Exact 
English dictionary a couple of years ago, too. I believe the ASL community 
prefers the fingerspelled abbreviations, though.

>From: "Charles Butler" 
>Reply-To: sw-l at
>To: sw-l at
>Subject: [sw-l] Signs Found
>Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 16:07:14 -0700 (PDT)
>I found these signs in an old sign textbook published in the early 1920s in 
>a second-hand bookstore in Baltimore. Has anyone ever seen these signs 
>Charles Butler

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