Five Parameters of ASL Unit

Five Parameters of ASL

  1. Handshapes
    1. Dominant Hand vs. Non-Dominant Hand
    2. Handshapes
      1. open
      2. bent
      3. alphabets and numbers
      4. The Seven Basic Handshapes
        1. B, A, S, C, O, 1, and 5
      5. The Uncommon Handshapes
        1. E, M, N, R, T, 7, and 8
  2. Palm Orientations
    1. TO
    2. AWAY
    3. LEFT
    4. RIGHT
    5. UP
    6. DOWN 
    7. DIAGONALLY
  3. Locations
    1. top of head
    2. temple of head
    3. forehead
    4. nose
    5. cheek
    6. mouth/lip
    7. chin
    8. neck (not listed in video)
    9. shoulder
    10. chest
    11. abdomen
    12. forearm/arm/elbow
    13. wrist
      1. back of wrist
      2. front of wrist
    14. hand
      1. back of hand
      2. palm of hand
    15. fingers
    16. sign space (SS for short)
  4. Movements
    1. one-direction
    2. bi-direction
    3. tapping/touching
    4. arc
    5. … and many more
  5. Non-Manual Signals (NMS)
    1. WH-q (furrowed eyebrows)
    2. Y/N-q (raised eyebrows)
    3. NEG (head shaking)
    4. mouth morphemes
      1. LR-LR
      2. MM
      3. CHA-CHA
      4. TH
      5. PAH
      6. BING/PEH
    5. … and many more

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