This describes how to tell how long and duration in time in American Sign Language (ASL). The following illustrations demonstrate some ASL signs how to express a number of minutes and hours.
Gloss: (one) minute; (a) minute
This ASL word is a regular word for minute.
This regular morpheme can be incorporated with a number between two and nine. For example, two minutes above. This morphological process is called numeral incorporation.
Beyond ten, one signs the number and then "hour". E.g. ELEVEN+HOUR
This ASL word hour is a regular, base word.
Like minutes, this "hour" morpheme can be incorporated with a number between two and nine. For example, three hours as shown above.
Can you guess what does it mean? Half hour.
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Also see Telling time (o'clock).
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