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American Sign Language: "family"

The sign for "family" is based on a general circle movement that applies to similar signs such as: family, class, group, and team.  You show the difference between these signs by using initialization (use the first letter of the represented word as the handshape for the sign).

To sign "family" form "F" hands and use the hands to trace the shape of a circle.  As if representing a family sitting around a dinner table.


FAMILY DEAF? = "Is anyone in your family Deaf?"


CLASS:  As in, I can't wait to go to Dr. Bill's ASL class!"
(Can also be used for "category.")

Note:  If you do the sign CLASS with "looser" fingers, it can mean a "general group of things." I call this the "CLUSTER" sign. It is often used to show  plurality or to show a "group of things."





Also see: CLUSTER

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