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LIVE in sign language
"How do you sign "live", "alive" in American Sign Language?" The ASL verb may convey a different gradient of meaning when the movement is modified.
ASL signs for "live"
There are two common versions which are interchangeable in most contexts.
Meaning: remain alive; make one's home in a particular place or with a particular person.
Pronunciation (sign description): Both "10" hands with palms in contact with lower chest move upward along the chest.
Variation (sign description): Both horizontal "L" hands with palms in contact with lower chest move upward along the chest.
Usage examples: "Where do you live?" [ASL glossed as "YOU LIVE WHERE\/"], "it makes no difference whether he's dead or alive".
ASL signs for "alive"
There are two phonological versions for "alive".
Pronunciation (sign description): The movement consists of brief and short repetitive movements, which implies alive.
Usage examples: "it's still alive!", "No, at age 87, he's currently still alive".
When not to use these ASL signs in English sentences with "alive" in them: "the town will be alive with tourists during the tourist peak" and such. Meanings of words are not always translated word for word from one language to another.
Related signs: RESIDE, DWELL, INHABIT, STAY, SOJOURN.
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