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NEW in sign language
Learn a new word in American Sign Language for ya, beginners. Nothing new for ya, signers.
ASL Signs for NEW
There are two common forms of movement for NEW in ASL, depending on the contexts and structure. They may be interchangeable sometimes, but not in other contexts.
Definition: Having recently come into existence; not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.
Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant loosely bent hand (handshape) with the palm-up (orientation) slides once (movement) across the up-sided palm of the non-dominant hand (location).
Context or usage examples (remember to translate into ASL): "her new friend", "She couldn't afford a new car, so she bought a used one", "Nothing is new! It's always like that" (ASL glossed as POSS++ TEND-ma ALWAYS, NOTHING(var) NEW).
Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant loosely bent B-thumb handshape with the palm upward slides across the non-dominant (passive) upward palm twice (shorter movement).
Deaf signers may inflect the base "new" for a gradient of synonyms such as BRAND-NEW, etc.
Usage examples: "new to the job".
Kid signing "new"
The time-lapse video shows how the bilingual ASL-speaking toddler acquired the word "new".
In the video, the toddler pointed to the toothpaste and commented "new" when she noticed a new toothpaste. She uttered the ASL word "new" to ask for new apps on her tablet or just to comment that she had new apps.
Related sign words
Dueling ultra-rich kids are the fun to watch because they are always trying to outshine the other. One will buy a BRAND NEW tech toy only to be outdone by the other who buys a NEWER model. Next thing you know it's a new trend. One of the MODERN ones that's remote controlled. Not to be outdone the other rich kiddo would get whatever the LATEST novelty in gadget was. Maybe a NEW-FANGLED drone that spies on the out-competed kid. That of course would be outdone by a FUTURISTIC system of satellite bots, which would then be replaced by good OLD-FASHIONED binoculars after these morons ruin their friendship trying to one up one another. Still amusing to watch!
More vocabulary: NOVEL, FRESH, ORIGINAL, STATE-OF-THE-ART, AVANT-GARDE, RECENT.
[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]
Written ASL digit for "NEW" contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2018.