DELICIOUS in sign language

How to sign "delicious" in American Sign Language (ASL)? Delicious, also tasty.

ASL sign for DELICIOUS

Definition: highly pleasant to the taste (food).

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant "8" hand with middle finger and thumb in contact with lips move in an arc motion while the "8" handshape flicks into a hard-to-describe handshape.

Kid signing "delicious"

The video shows how the bilingual ASL-speaking kid learned the ASL word, which is an equivalent to the English word "delicious".

During the transition between one-word stage and two-word stage of language development, the toddler acquired the ASL word "delicious" other than "yummy".

The "8" handshape is one of the most difficult (marked) handshapes and is usually phonologically developed at later age for ASL-speaking children.

In the video, the emerging "8" handshape began with the "6" or "W" handshape at age 2;11 for the ASL word DELICIOUS that she uttered. It's the same true for other ASL words that involve the "8" handshape.

Each child develops at different pace; however, language development follows linguistic rules. This case study of the child gives a general idea of the process.

It's normal that signing toddlers sometimes use the other hand than their potential dominant hand during the first two or three years of life. At age 2;11 in the video above, you can see the toddler signing with her left hand while her right hand was holding the spoon, then she switched to her right hand.

Vocabulary

Related signs: APPETIZING, YUMMY, MOUTHWATERING, TASTY.

Opposite: TASTELESS, FLAT, BLAND.

Usage/Grammar

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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 written for DELICIOUS

ASL digit written and contributed by Todd Hicks in the ASLwrite community, 2017.

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