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Unmarked Signing:

American Sign Language

The "marked version" of fight uses the angry facial expression yet I think it is good for us to also recognize that signs such as FIGHT or even signs like MAD have uninflected versions that do not use the facial expression. This is a sort of mind-blowing / not recognized topic. Students are used to being told that signs like HAPPY use a happy facial expression that it becomes a standard part of their thinking process. However such signs are often done without the facial expression. (Quick example: I NOT HAPPY uses a negative expression -- and there are situations when HAPPY is signed with a neutral expression when it is being referred to as a general concept rather than a currently experienced condition.




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