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)
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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