BentB@BackFinger-PalmBack-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack BentB@Ulnar-PalmUp-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp

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American Sign Language[edit]


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-B bent-B Parallel Rotate bent-B bent-B
ASL BentB@BackFinger-PalmBack-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack.jpg
ASL BentB@Ulnar-PalmUp-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp.jpg
In In Up Up
Touching on
LUH Side


ASL BentB@BackFinger-PalmBack-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack OpenC@Ulnar-PalmUp-OpenC@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp.png (ASL gloss: HOW)

  1. (interrogative) how
  2. (rhetorical) how; by; with; using; used to introduce a relative clause that describes the manner of the action of the main clause
    1@Sternum-FingerBack 1@SideChesthigh-TipFingerUp-1@SideChesthigh-TipFingerUp 1@NearSideChesthigh-TipFingerBack-1@NearSideChesthigh-TipFingerBack C@NearThumb-TipUp-C@NearCenterChesthigh-TipUp C@NearUlnar-PalmBack-C@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack BentB@BackFinger-PalmBack-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack BentB@Ulnar-PalmUp-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp B@Side-PalmForward H@Side-PalmForward S@Side-PalmForward
    (ASL gloss) ME COME CLASS HOW? B-U-S
    “I come to class by bus.”

Usage notes[edit]

  • (interrogative “how?”): In this sense, the sign usually appears at the beginning of a sentence, with the eyebrows furrowed for the duration of the question.
  • (rhetorical “how”): In this sense, the sign usually appears at the beginning of the relative clause, with the eyebrows are raised only during this sign. The rest of the clause then either is unmarked with regard to non-manual signals or is marked by a slow, repeating head nod.

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