American Sign Language ( Asl )

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Classifiers are handshapes we use in American sign language (ASL) to show the movement, placement, orientation, size, and shape of a noun. Since ASL is a rule-governed language when using classifiers you must first identify the noun, then you can use the classifier to show how the object moves or is placed in relationship to other objects (Aron). American sign language uses eight different kinds of classifiers for specific categories.
Since classifiers cover a wide variety of uses there are several categories that a classifier can be used for, as a Descriptive classifier (DCL) which is used for describing an object or a person. The story “TIMBER” the signer describes a lumberjack’s appearance. The signer describes the lumberjacks’ large muscles and large chest; he describes the plaid shirt the lumberjack is wearing as well. Locative Classifiers (LCL) are representing an object in a specific place and sometimes movement. The handshape is given followed by spatial or locative information. In the story “TIMBER” the signer uses several Locative classifiers, one of them is when he shows the forest being in front of the lumberjack.
Another classifier is the Semantic Classifier (SCL) that represents a category of nouns such as a vehicle or a person. The handshape is given then information about specific movement. In the story “TIMBER” the signer uses the semantic classifier to show a person walking in the woods as well as a tree about to fall. Plural Classifiers (PCL) indicates…
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