Toddler signing people's names

The toddler Juli mentioned some people using signed names more often lately, such as her classmates david (right-handed "D" on right shoulder instead of left shoulder -- location error) and #sz.

One morning (during the drop-off), Juli saw Hayden but there was no mother that she knew. She asked, mother huh-uh. What? She told hayden.. diane uh-where? (where she used the signed names for Hayden and Diane).

Later that week, Juli looked at the picture in a book and asked, ix man name what? (What's this man's name?).

Eventually in the next months, I observerd Juli using some more signed names of the classmates "Liam", "Anthony", and so on. Also, "Brenda" and "Pippa" (teachers).

Later in the next early year, Juli met another kid whose name was "Liam", the same name as her classmate. She used that signed name for the other kid. Interesting, she thought, like some hearing people in general, that there was a signed name for every spoken/written name, which was not true.

In our culture, every person has their own signed name regardless of their written/spoken name. There is no signed name for each personal name. Signed names are independent of the personal names on birth certificates. A signed name is carefully and appropriately created for a new member of the ASL community, granted by a collective member of the community.

Language development

Some of the following random words and phrases that Juli used this week: signing, , recognizing the upper and lower cases of letters as the same, cl-plane-circling, girl look-out ooh!, safe ix-here, shake-head ix-there (this sofa is safer but this floor isn't), me turn (my turn), watch-me (inflected directional verb), and some more shown in the video above.

Juli was caught counting to ten in spoken English.

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