Level: Beginner II

Conjunction: "UNDERSTAND+" in Sign Language

Conjunction is a word that connect words, phrases, or clauses. ASL has a number of conjunctions that are similar to English such as "because", "and", "but" and so on. On the other hand, it has other conjunctions which are not found in English. For example, this one.

The conjunction understand++ is a conjunction in ASL. It is not literally "understand" in English meaning; it's not translated that way. It's just for the sake of glossing a similar sign in writing. For translation, this conjunction somehow connotates along the line of "however...", "unless...", "as long as" (some cases), and related.

Gloss: "understand++" as a conjunction.

Like other conjunctions, UNDERSTAND-conj is accompanied with raised eyebrows and mouthing small "aah", and the manual movement is twice or sometimes trice. (a gloss symbol /\ for raised eyebrows).

Usage examples

English translation with the ASL gloss replaced for the conjunction: Okay, I can loan you this book, /\understand++/\ I need it back by next Monday for class.

Glosses: #ok, fine++, ix-me can loan-you, /\understand++, book/\ must [you]#back[me] future[cs] monday

Another example:

She does not question where they are going, /\understand++/\ her teenagers come back in time.

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Also see conjunction FINISH

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