Darndest cute: ASL language development at age 5
From the kinder's Juli's 5th birthday, her language in our native language (American Sign Language) continued to grow and it's such a fun age. Some randomly selected conversations are memorable. Everything in conversations described below was conducted in ASL, using glosses (not translation) and some translations into English.
A young math and ASL teacher
The kinder (age 5;0) was eager to teach you a few math equations and some ASL signs. Then, she drifted into a different topic, talking about an unicorn.
One evening at dinner, Juli (5;0) told me YOU 'B'!. Previously, she always gave me an "A". I asked, "Why did I get a B?" She changed her mind, HMM, WAVE-NO, MY MIND WRONG. YOU "A". YOU NOT "B". MY MIND WRONG. She thought for an instant moment and corrected herself, IX-me MISUNDERSTAND.
If she hadn't known the ASL word/sign for MISUNDERTAND, she would express this way, "My mind is wrong." It was some strategic competency of communication. But, she realized that she knew and remembered the ASL word for this concept that she learned a little while before. She then used it.
(Age 5;1) Retelling the story of the three bears in American Sign Language (ASL) from her memory and heart that she remembers it well from a long time ago.
Temperal aspect (age 5;4): A mama bird built a nest, laid four blue eggs, and .. The mama trusted me, but papa seemed not to. One day, I cautionously took a video clip of the babies and the papa got upset. Juli jumped and signed, NOW BIRD CHANGE NOT TRUST-YOU. NOW IX1 TRUST ME++++++ EVERYDAY! Translated: "Now the bird no longer trust you, but now it trusts me."
There is a verb agreement with temporal aspect. She repeated the verb TRUST in agreement with EVERYDAY. I don't know when this grammatical feature emerged but I noticed it.
Not have 100 fingers
Kids say the darndest things, even in ASL.
Mom: 100+1 equals how many?
Kid (age 5): (facial response)
Mom: Is that a new thing?
Kid: Hey, I don't have one hundred (look, demo hands). Not 100.
Mom: Well, you can figure it out in your mind (pointing to the head).
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