Sign Steps

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


nondom handshape
    jl4p = open-B
    cn4p = S

dominant handshape
    jl4 = open-B
    cn4 = S

height / body location:
    W = forehead
    C = 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
    (default is on dom-side)
    jq< = on nondom-side
    jqv = behind (in)
    jq^ = in front (out)

dominant hand direction touching onto nondom hand:
    Bhv = touching down onto
    Bh^ = touching up onto
    Bq< = touching nondom-side onto
    Bq> = touching dominant-side onto
    Bqv = touching in onto
    Bq^ = 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 twisting wrist

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 rfl3hvA DECIDE use the signs for cfnWiUqD THINK and rfl3hv JUDGE. ASLSJ uses the linking suffix "x" to every word of a compound word except the final word.




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