The concept of "example" can be signed by doing a double motion version of
the sign SHOW.
EXAMPLE = SHOW SHOW:
Another way to sign "EXAMPLE" is to sign: "FOR SHOW"
(which would mean: "For example..."
You might also see the sign "EXAMPLE" done as an initialized
version of "SHOW" (using an "E" handshape).
If you don't "need" to use the "E" then don't do it. Just use the sign
"SHOW." Initialization can help distinguish between various English
concepts. This could be helpful in certain classroom situations and for
developing English literacy in the classroom. For example, with initialization you could use the letter "D" to mean
"demonstrate." But don't go overboard on initialization.
In everyday conversations, if you want use
the word "demonstrate" but it really means "to show," just use the standard sign
for "SHOW." Otherwise you'll be doing "Signed English."
In a message dated 6/23/____ 5:30:56 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
Is the sign EXAMPLE directional? I mean if i started it away from me and
brought it towards me then would it mean "You show/give me an example"?
Or is it not directional and only moves away from the body and only
means "example"? The reason I ask is because EXAMPLE is an initialized
form of SHOW, so I was wondering if the same "usage rules" applied to
initialized forms of words.
The word "show" is a verb. You can establish "verb agreement" via
"directionality." That means you can modify the movement of the
sign "SHOW" to indicate who is showing what to whom.
The word "example" is a noun thus we do not have the same freedom to
employ directionality that we would with a verb.
"Example" is somewhat of a special case though because it does have a
rare "verb" form: "exemplify."
So, technically, you could construct a sentence along the lines of,
"Would you mind exemplifying that for me?" Which
would make a case for employing directionality with the sign "example."
On a personal level, as I sit here signing to myself, playing with the
sign, (my family are used to seeing me "sign to myself" and have long
since given up worrying whether it is insanity or some other reason) and
seeing what "feels" right--I note that it feels okay to sign "give an
example to" as one sign/movement, but it "feels" a little "off" to sign
"give me an example" using just one sign/movement but still passable.