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American Sign Language: "early"
Both hands keep the same handshape throughout the sign. The right hand slides over the left hand.
#EARLY: "lexicalized version"
This version of the sign spells out the letters of "early." I notice when I do the sign I leave out the letter "A." I also blur my "R" and "L" together. I also tend to trace a counterclockwise circle (from the signer's perspective) in the air. You might see other variations, but the point is lots of people do a "fingerspelled" version of #EARLY.
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