1^o-f@IpsiChest-FingerBack RoundHoriz 1^o-f@ContraChest-FingerBack

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American Sign Language[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the typical ASL method of referring to a group by pointing to it with a sweeping motion.

Production[edit]

  • This one-handed ASL sign is produced as follows:
    1. ASL 1@IpsiChest-FingerBack.jpg
      Posture the dominant hand in the bent variation of the “1” handshape on the dominant side of the chest, extended finger(s) of the dominant hand pointing back.
    2. Move the hand in a horizontal arc forward then to the nondominant side.
    3. ASL 1@ContraChest-FingerBack.jpg
      Posture the dominant hand in the bent variation of the “1” handshape on the nondominant side of the chest, extended finger(s) of the dominant hand pointing back.
    4. Hold the hand still briefly.
  • To indicate that the non-first-person members of the group are literally or figuratively located somewhere, the signer may lean his or her body and shift the contact point toward that location.
GUH Hand LUH Hand LUH Move GUH Move GUH Hand LUH Hand
GUH Palm LUH Palm Second Second GUH Palm LUH Palm
GUH Position LUH Separation Third Third
bent-1 LUH Side
ASL 1@IpsiChest-FingerBack.jpg
ASL 1@ContraChest-FingerBack.jpg
In Out-Return
Close to Body
GUH Side
of Chest

Pronoun[edit]

ASL 1@ContraChest-FingerBack.jpg (ASL gloss: US, WE, PRO-PL-1, PRO-PL→1)

  1. we; us

Usage notes[edit]

This sign is used when the number of people in the group is large or unknown. For small groups (depending on the signer, groups sized two through five or two through nine, including the signer), specific signs like K@NearCenterChesthigh-PalmUp Nod (the two of us) and 3@NearCenterChesthigh-PalmUp CirclesHoriz (the three of us) are typically used instead.

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