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Describing a room with classifiers

This introduces you to some general classifiers for furniture items in a house.

2-bent classifier

ASL classifiers

The handshape looks like this image above but its palm orientation is horizontal, not upright. It can represent a group of furniture pieces such as a chair, a toilet, and a rocking chair.

ASL classifiers

The classifier, using the handshape like this, is used to represent such objects as a picture and a window.

But, in real life, the ASL speakers don't use this descriptive classifier for a window. Instead, we sign WINDOW in a particular space of the room, except for other sizes of windows. Same for FIREPLACE.

The classifier, using a handshape like this with the palm orientation facing down, is used to represent some furniture pieces such as a bed, a table, and a coffee table.

More to come. Email if you have a question.

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