Signs Found

K.J. Boal kjoanne403 at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu May 10 03:35:27 UTC 2007

I know... but I think there have been a lot of developments in ASL over the 
past 20 years or so... case in point, the Sleeping Beauty videos!  I've been 
surprised a few times at how English Darline's signing can be.  But the 
other thing I keep thinking is, "Oh yeah... I remember I used to sign that 
way when I was a kid," and that was in the '80s, about the same time this 
video was recorded.

Still, it's not the '80s (or the '20s!) anymore... I think a number of 
initialized signs that were originally part of ASL have now been adopted by 
SEE and rejected by the ASL community.  Language changes! :-)


>From: "Adam Frost" <icemandeaf at>
>Reply-To: sw-l at
>To: sw-l at
>Subject: Re: [sw-l] Signs Found
>Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 01:02:53 +0000
>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" <kjoanne403 at HOTMAIL.COM>
>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" <chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM>
> >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 
> >a second-hand bookstore in Baltimore.  Has anyone ever seen these signs
> >before?
> >
> >January
> >
> >February
> >
> >March
> >Charles Butler
> >
> >
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