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create / creation


CREATE / CREATION:

In a message dated 11/24/2007 3:40:05 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, brandy.brown@_____.edu writes:
Hi Bill,
 
I was wondering how do you sign the word "Create" or "Creation".  At church, some interpreters sign it like the work "Make" or "GOD Make".  I am taking a sign language course taught by a deaf woman and she signed "Create" with the number 4 hand from the side of your head going up similar to "dream".  This is in Boston.
 
At home in Detroit, the interpreters sign "create" by gradually making a fist ending in with the letter "A" hand at the front of your forehead. 
 
I'm so confused.  I am able to open videos if you want to just send a video.  Thank you so much.
 
Brandy
Hello Brandy,
 
create as a verb:  sign "MAKE"
Notes:  Some people use a very deliberate "contact, separate, twist, contact" movement for this sign, others simply make contact and twist twice.  Both forms are correct.

create as in "creativity" "invent" "come up with" sign "INVENT/CREATIVE" (4 hand from side of forehead).
Notes:  If you do the sign "CREATIVE" and inflect it with large circular movements this sign can mean "fiction" or "fantastical" as in "made up."  If you do the sign "FANTASTICAL"  while rolling your eyes with disdain this sign can mean "far fetched" or "at it again with unbelievable stories."

creation as the result of what GOD made:  rounded "5" handshapes encircling a globe (think of the sign for "FAMILY"  but instead do it with slightly curved "5" hands as if you were sliding your hands over the surface of a basketball." 
Notes: On first reference use an explanatory sentence to the effect of: EVERYTHING GOD MAKE, CREATION-(globe shape)

Discussion:
Expect to see quite a bit of variety for the sign "creation."  Any time you present an interpreter with a "multiple meaning" and/or little understood English concept--you cannot expect much uniformity in the interpretation.  What exactly is "creation?"  It has many different meanings depending on the context.  For example, if our goal is to express the idea that "woman is God's greatest creation" we might want to sign it: "GOD MOST WONDERFUL MAKE WHAT? WOMAN!"
Or to be even more clear we could even sign, "GOD MAKE DIFFERENT DIFFERENT DIFFERENT, TOP WONDERFUL HE MAKE WHAT? WOMAN!"

Additionally, just because some Ph.D. out in California says so, doesn't make it right.  What makes a sign right or wrong is consensus.  Thus, you can add my opinion to your stack of opinions about that particular sign.

Cordially,
Dr. Bill Vicars

 


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