Sign Steps

ASLSJ words are formed using a pattern of syllables.  Each syllable has a specific shape to be identifiable.


nondom handshape
    _l4p = open-B
    cn4p = S

dominant handshape
    _l4 = open-B
    cn4 = S

height / body location:
    w = forehead
    () = chin, neck
    (default is at chest height)
    y is at the nondom-elbow
palm facing direction:
    u = out
    iu = in
    u\ = down
    iu\ = up
    (default nondom-side)

dominant hand direction away from nondom hand:
    jhv = below
    jh^ = above
    jq< = on nondom-side
    jqv = behind (in)
    jq^ = in front (out)

dominant hand direction touching onto nondom hand:
    jhvb = touching down onto
    jh^b = touching up onto
    jq<b = touching nondom-side onto
    jq>b = touching dominant-side onto
    jqvb = touching in onto
    jq^b = touching out onto

hand or finger movement:
    q< = move nondom-side
    q> = move dominant-side
    hv = move down
    h^ = move up
    qv = move in
    q^ = move out
    ~ = wiggle fingers
    o = position stays the same while handshape or wrist changes

Finger-spelled words use ALL CAPS and are prefixed with "%" surrounding a height / body location if needed. The word "mat" is normally fingerspelled. In ASLSJ, it would be written as MAT.


Muliple signs are often combined to make a new word, like the word cfnwiuqDx rtl3qhvA DECIDE use the signs for cfnwiuqD THINK and rtl3qhv JUDGE. ASLSJ uses the linking suffix "x" to every word of a compound word except the final word.




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