American Sign Language: Lexical Borrowing In American Sign Language

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Lexical Borrowing in American Sign Language Lexical Borrowing in American Sign Language means that signs are borrowed from other countries using different language as well as using lexicalized fingerspelling to help with the characteristics of a sign in ASL. There are many signs or some words that require fingerspelling that do not have a sign yet in American Sign Language that are created without the knowledge from other countries, but now that we’re aware of their signs and are “borrowing” those signs to use in ASL. Such an example can be “J” next to eye for Japan, but now we know what sign they use for Japan and we start borrowing that to use in ASL to be more appropriate and not to offend the Japanese. Not only does ASL borrows it signs …show more content…
Words that have more than 2 letters can also have lexicalized fingerspelling, they would still be shortened for use in ASL; #BSY for busy, #BNK for bank, etc. There are many words that do not have a sign for it, so users of ASL fingerspell out the word in 2 letters such as #FX for fix, #BS for bus or bullshit, #BL for ball, #HT for hurt, #YS for yes, #CR for car, and many more. The reason for this is if there is not sign for a certain word, the word will often be fingerspelled out and eventually morph into lexicalized fingerspelling to make it easier on ASL …show more content…
The number of letters to use is usually two, like #YS for yes or can be more like #BACK. Location is dependent on the context you’re trying to convey. The handshape is very important part of lexicalized fingerspelling because the handshape represents the message and grammatical rule that you’re trying to show to the listeners, same with all the other parameters. Movement and repetition are both usually together to be used, can be like #BACK when signing two people being back together or #ha-ha for repetition. A second hand can be used to emphasize what you’re trying to say, like WHAT using both hands to fingerspell #WHAT. The grammatical information is coming mainly from the facial expression when fingerspelling, emotions and expressions are important so to give the meaning to the

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