Conjunction: FINISH in American Sign Language

Conjunction is a word that connect words, phrases, or clauses. An example of the conjunctions in English are: and, but, because, etc. The closest-equivalent gloss finish is one of some ASL conjunctions.

The ASL conjunctions are usually accompanied with raised eyebrows. (a glossing symbol /\ for raised eyebrows)

The conjunction finish in ASL is used to link clauses, usually in chronological sequence. It is equivalent to then or when done.

In the following sentences in English tranlation and ASL glosses (non-manual markers are not shown in glossing), each of the highlighted words is a coordinating conjunction that join the clauses.

today ix-me go-ix1 school-ix1 /\finish/\ go-ix2 food+store /\finihs/\ come-here home.

Another example:

ASL: /\passport to-apply/\ you need #do+ [pause-stress] pick-up application there #PO /\finish/\ fill-out everything /\finish/\ send-ix1 passport office ix1 /\finish/\ wait++ (nms) receive-it.

English translation with ASL gloss for the conjunction: To apply for a passport, what you need to do is to pick up an application package at a post office finish complete all necessary paperwork finish send it to the passport office finish the passport will be sent to you.

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