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American Sign Language:  "AND" [Not ASL???]

WARNING: While I personally don’t have a problem with the sign “AND” – I’ve noticed a lot of my colleagues have started blacklisting the AND sign and claiming that "AND" is not ASL. While I disagree with their assertion that "AND" isn’t ASL – I do recognize that non-native-level signers use the sign AND much too frequently when you could (should) instead “drop” the sign and usually the sentence would mean the same -- or you could replace AND with “PLUS,” or you could point to the fingertips of your non-dominant hand to index (list off or keep track of) items. Or you could use other signs like: BOTH, WITH, or ALSO -- depending on the rest of your sentence. 

The sign for "and" is very similar to the sign for "leave" (as in "go away.")  The difference is that the sign "leave" (if you are right handed) starts further to the right, ends much further to the right, and has a larger motion. The sign for AND only moves a few inches (unless you are being dramatic).



Discussion regarding the sign AND:

The sign AND is not used as frequently in ASL as the spoken word is in English. Certain other signs can and often do replace the AND sign. Some of the more common replacements include: BOTH, PLUS, WITH, and ALSO as well as "indexing on the non-dominant hand."

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