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Asking wh-questions in American Sign Language

Learn how to ask a wh-question in American Sign Language (ASL), using a non-manual signal. A wh-question is referred to when, what, why, who, how, and where.

These are the indicators of the wh-questions: eyebrows burrowed, head tilting, and slightly hold the last signed word.

Example

English translation: What is your name?
ASL GLOSS: you name what?

The down eyebrows and slightly leaning-foward shoulders indiciate the wh-question.

Gloss: how you come-to class?
Translation: How did you come to class?

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