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American Sign Language: Fingerspelling: "Blended Letters"

Fingerspelling: In "real world" signing (signing typically done by native Deaf adult skilled signers when conversing with each other) it is very common to see "blended letters." The fingerspelling of "miles" is a perfect example. If you slow down a video recording of a skilled signer spelling the word miles you will often see the letters "M" and "I" blended together. Then you will see the "I" and "L" blended together (looking sort of like the "I Love You" ILY acronym) which then changes into a very mutated "E" and finally ends with a solid "S."





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