CLOSE

Assertion in sign language

Assertion is a way of asserting that something will happen, is sure, is affirmative, is positive, assures, etc. Like negation, it's commonly used in sign language.

The characteristics of assertion are all or some of the following: head nod or nodding repeatedly; firm expression (brows burrowed, eyes squinted); and, tight or closed lips.

Translated: "worry"
Note: it is a regular "worry" sign without assertion nor negation.

Translated: "worry" with an assertion.
Meaning examples: "definitely worry", "sure am worried"

Translated: "have" with assertion.
Meaning examples: "do have", "definitely exist", "it's indeed there!"

Translated: "have to" with assertion
Meaning examples: "must", "have to!" (as if with no choice).

Sometimes, assertion is used throughout a sentence.

Related Posts

Related posts: Negation

These are some ASL lessons, tutorials, and tips that ASL students and language enthusiasts can explore and learn some ASL on their own relaxing pace.

Seeking some challenges? Try some stories, fables, and others in ASL storytelling and poetry. Study a complex system of subtle eye gazes, role-shifting, classifiers, sentence structures, and other linguistic features as well as poetics.