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American Sign Language: "subject"


Discussion:

 

In a message dated 1/18/2017 12:35:20 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, Lyn writes:

Bill,
Regarding your ASL dictionary entry for resume'
You might consider adding the entry 'resume' (verb meaning: to begin to do or pursue something after a pause or interruption.
Just a thought for you to forget or act on as you choose :)
- Lyn
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Lyn,
Are you referring to the sign that looks like "TAKE-up"-[adopt/evaporate] but uses a slightly different movement and movement angle?
If so (or if not) how would you describe the version of RESUME to which you are referring?
- Bill
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In a message dated 1/18/2017 2:59:51 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, Lyn writes:

I was thinking of the version of 'to take up' (as you mentioned) and I also sometimes sign "start, again" to mean resume. I've occasionally signed: 'back-to-square-one, start, again.'

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Lyn,
It is one of those situations where I've seen people inflect the TAKE-up sign slightly with a bit of a swoosh/arc movement (plus context) to indicate "resume."
Picture the idea of:
I did something.
I pushed it aside to the left. (Or right for a left handed person.)
I took it up again.
Thus if we earlier shoved it to the left (or non-dominant side) and we take it up again I ask you: Where are we reaching when we start the sign for resume? Answer: a bit off to the side. Thus we end up with a bit of an arc in our movement as we take it up (again).
Also another way to sign resume is to inflect the sign for AGAIN with a large arcing movement.
Yet another way is to use the "PROCEED"-[get-on-with-it/get-along] sign.
-- Bill





 

 


 

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