ASL-to-English Dictionary (new!)

To find a meaning of the ASL production, identify the three major paramaters: handshape, location and movement of the ASL production. Select the prime of each parameter and search.

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If this page appears, there is no search match. Try pointers or tips below. Or, email me for help -- attach a video of the production and include the contexts.

Tips: how to use ASL-English search

Use a formal citation of the ASL word

Handshape prime

Pick a handshape of the ASL word based on the dominant hand, regardless of the one-handed or two-handed production.

Movement prime

Generally, pick a movement of the dominant hand regardless of one-handed or two-handed.

But, if the ASL word is two-handed with the alternating movement. Then choose accordingly.

Select the movement starting with the groups from the top to the bottom in order of its estimated most common usage.

For example, start with the most common movement primes: "reduplicated" (repeated), unidirectional (non-repeated), alternating (two hands alternating in neutral space).

Location prime

Pick a location of the base part of body (e.g. base hand, head, torso, etc.) where the dominant hand makes contact or close contact with.

If an ASL word has its mulitple locations in one production, best (not always) use the initial location of the production.

If one or two hands are not in contact, use "neutral space". If the dominant hand is in contact (or close contact) with the base hand, use "hand" (any handshape) or "palm".

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