Instrumental classifiers in sign language

The handshapes of instrumental classifier show how an object is being handled, held, or used. E.g. using a tool, holding a book, cutting with a knife, pushing a button, lifting a jar lid, pulling a nail, etc.

E.g. walking with a dog (CL:T2-holding-leash), vacuuming (CL:T2), pouring (CL:Y), etc.

A verb may be blended with a classifier (depiction). For example, the ASL verb MOVE sometimes can be modified with a classifier. E.g. CL:C for moving a cup or container.

Not all verbs can be used with a classifier.

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