A student asks: QUESTION:
How would I sign "He (the Lord) touched my mind"?
If you were to ask 10 Hearing English speakers what that means (in English) you
would very likely get over 5 different answers. Sure, many of the "answers" or
interpretations would be "similar" but not the exact same.
There is no direct ASL equivalent for "He touched my mind" since the phrase
doesn't have one specific meaning in English. Thus we end up needing to
simply use "artistic license" and do our best to assume what the original writer
Personally I'd sign "He (the Lord) touched my mind" as:
LORD INSPIRE I UNDERSTAND.
Or I'd use the honorific "HE" (the version that uses a "B" hand not just the
index finger) to point up and to my right (since I'm right handed) to mean "He."
If you want more of an English flow you could sign: HE INSPIRE MY MIND
(but I don't think it is a good idea).
Some people might interpret the phrase as: HE OPEN MY MIND.
But honestly, if we try too hard to fit ASL into English word order or sign
English concepts "word for word" we end up using signs that do not convey the
actual meaning of the song.
- Dr. Bill
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