This general sign means such things as "environment / surrounding / context /
Note: The fingers do not "flutter" on the above version of this sign.
This version of the sign "environment" also means "environment / surrounding / context /
ambiance." This version is just a variation in the palm orientation
of the dominant hand. Note though that the fingers of the dominant hand
"flutter" a bit throughout this version of the sign:
This version of "environment" may be effective for purposes of "disambiguation"
if you are in a bilingual / bicultural environment wherein both English and ASL
are being used -- such as a mainstream high-school classroom with an ASL
interpreter. For example an interpreter upon first usage of the concept
"environment" in a conversation or discussion may choose to use the initialized
sign for "ENVIRONMENT" as well as show the non-initialized version. Upon
subsequent usage in the same conversation or lecture the interpreter might tend
to use only the non-initialized version as long as there are no overlapping /
related concepts being expressed by the English speaker (environment / situation
/ circumstance / condition / ambiance, etc.).
If the lecture involves several related concepts, the interpreter or signer may
be more likely to use the initialized version to make it clear which concept is
Other initialized versions of this sign are "CASE /
CONDITION / CIRCUMSTANCE" as well as "SITUATION."
ENVIRONMENT: Initialized version: