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Kid's ASL sign for: gorilla

Meaning: a powerfully built great ape with a large head and short neck, found in the forests of central Africa.

Phonological acquisition: Unlike BEAR (where it required a cross of the arms which developed at a later age), the sign for GORILLA was somehow easy that the baby Juli picked up at age 1;1 (or probably a bit earlier). At age 1;7, the video demonstrates that Juli was able to utter three different ASL words GORILLA, BATH, and HUG (all same handshape and location but different movements).