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In a message dated 1/17/2007 5:01:25 P.M. Pacific
Standard Time, lea11k@ writes:
I am a children's librarian who has been learning
ASL for the last year or so. I am participating in
a storytelling program and have been trying to
integrate some signs into the telling. I realize I
will probably be doing more Signed English than ASL
since my audience will be hearing and I will be
speaking simultaneously, but I want to stay as close
to true ASL as I can. The program is designed for
children aged 7-9, however this particular program
is for training purposes only and will only be
viewed by fellow children's librarians. Most of the
stories that I have picked include at least a few
onomatopoeic words- such as "moo" and
"cluck-cluck." I am not sure how to sign these
words, if I should fingerspell them or whether it is
more appropriate to disregard them entirely.
New York, NY
What to do for signs like that varies with the concept but in
general you try to represent the concept visually in a way that
portrays the intended meaning. Often this is done by "role
playing" the animal, or using signs in creative ways.
For a cow "mooing" you could rear your head back and hold an "M"
near your mouth and then mouth a long "moo" as you change the
"M" into an "O" handshape and move the hand up and out into air.
For a bird clucking you would hold a "G" near your lips and then
mouth "cluck, cluck" while jutting your head up and forward like
a bird does. The letter G would start closed and then open with
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