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One Handed Signing:
In a message dated 5/23/2007 8:29:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time, rgt0705@ writes:
Many signs naturally evolve from two handed signs into one handed signs simply because they are easier that way. For example "CAT" used to be a two handed sign and now is commonly done with one hand. I've been watching the sign "thousand" evolve from the two-handed version into a one-handed version. Thousand went from touching an "M" hand to the palm, to touching a bent hand to the palm, and is now showing up as a bent hand jabbing forward/down at an angle without making contact with the second hand.
One handed signing is not "correct" because some people only have one hand. A one-handed sign become "correct" when a preponderance of ASL users recognize it and accept it into their vocabulary.
The evolution of a two-handed sign into a one-handed sign will be resisted or greatly delayed in those circumstances where there is an existing one-handed sign with a different meaning. Thus I agree with you that at this time the sign PLAY is best done with two hands, thus reserving the one-handed version for the concept of "yellow." Now, of course if you have a cup of hot chocolate in your hand and you want to sign PLAY, by all means do use the one handed version.
p.s. Green is indeed done with a "G" hand. A good way to remember this sign is to shake your "g" hand in the air while stating loudly, "I've got something green on my finger and I can't get it off!" Heh