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American Sign Language: "week" (advanced)


An advanced discussion regarding the sign for "week." 

Okay, so you know the basic sign for week is this:


A variation of the sign that is good to know is the "double index" version. The movement is the same as the main variation above, but in this version both hands are in "index finger" shapes.
The dominant hand slides forward along the side of the base hand to the tip of the base hand index finger.

WEEK (version: both hands in a "1"-handshape)


 


Numerical Incorporation

Note: the sign WEEK can incorporate a number. 
For example you can sign "THREE WEEKS" by sliding a "3" across the palm.
This works for numbers 1 - 9.  After that you use a separate sign for the number and WEEK.

WEEK: "3 weeks"

 


Also see:  "next week"


Also see "week"


Note: WEEK: Numerical incorporation: palm orientation: Some people argue about whether the dominant hand palm should be back or down during the signing of WEEK. It is done both ways. The tendency one way or another (palm back or palm down) is influenced by various factors.  For example:  If you recently held up a number as the preceding sign and then use it as the dominant handshape for the "_"-WEEKS sign  (for example THREE 3-WEEKS) this tends to show up as a palm back dominant hand. If you are going to use a version that repeats the movement (thus indicating “every” or repeated time frames) you will likely do the dominant hand palm down. If you are indicating “a whole” week or your feelings (affective meaning) regarding the length of time – this tends to result in a palm-down orientation of the dominant hand.


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