PEOPLE in sign language

"[Deaf people] are first, last, and all the time the people of the eye." -- George W. Veditz, 1910.

ASL signs for PEOPLE

How to sign "people" in American Sign Language (ASL)?

Meaning: Human beings making up a group.

Pronunciation (sign description): Both "P" hands apart in space move in circular motion alternately.

Non-S.E.E. form of PEOPLE; although, not commonly used in ASL.

Deaf Bragging Rights

Wawa in People magazine
Photo posted by Lisa Cryer on FB, Feb. 2021

Deaf artist Warren Snipe was featured in People magazine in February 2021.


Related signs: PERSON, INDIVIDUAL, ADULTS, CHILDREN, people of color, BLACKs, First Nations, Native Americans, Asians, Deaf, people with disabilities.


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Written ASL

[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.]

ASL writing for PEOPLE

Writing system: si5s (2013). The main symbol (without the slash) is the same as Japanese character for "people". Did they borrow the character from Japan into ASL writing?

The two bars represent PEOPLE whereas one bar represent TWO-PERSONS and the absence of bar represent PERSON.

This digit is one of a few digits that are "shortened" that don't reflect the ASL sign. Probably for this reason, this digit is also used as an agent (postfix) such as AUTHOR (WRITE+PERSON), DEAF+PEOPLE), etc.

ASL for people

Variation written by ASLwrite, 2014(?).

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