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American Sign Language: "ASL Clocks"


Dear Dr. Bill.
I have a question about the design of the 11 and 12 symbols on the clock face of the ASL clock pictured at this URL: ... does the presentation of 11 and 12 using two static symbols each make sense?
Thank you.
- David

Dr. Bill Responds:
Artists are stuck with limited options when striving to design an "ASL" clock. Google: "ASL clock" and then click on the images tab and you'll see the variety of approaches. The image you linked to is one of the least used approaches. Perhaps it should be considered a "hands" clock but not necessarily an "ASL" clock.


Example of a "not good" version of an ASL wall clock:

(Image credit / source: "SIGN LANGUAGE Wall Clock speech silent silence body language manual gift")

Here is an example of a wall clock I like:

(Image source: -- "Harris Communications N572 Sign Language Wall Clock")

Obviously the 11 and 12 on that clock are simply using the "ending handshape" for each number but at least they are using the "right" ending handshape. I also like the fact that they have made an effort (via palm orientation) to differentiate between 1 and 11 as well as between 2 and 12.  The "10" is excellently done and "shows" the movement.

Also see: CLOCK





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