TURTLE in sign language

In ASL beginner classes, when asking the students to pick their one favorite sign, the sign TURTLE is one of some common favorites among the beginners. :)

Meaning: a slow-moving reptile, enclosed in a scaly or leathery domed shell into which it can retract its head and thick legs.

Pronunciation (production): Dominant "A" handshape, palm facing left if right-handed (orientation), passive palm on top of the dominant thumb (location), thumb flicking twice (movement).

Related signs: REPTILE, TORTOISE, sea turtle.

ASL Storytelling

Watch the fable "The Rabbit and the Turtle" (2009) with English translation in ASL sign Language.

Baby signing TURTLE

This video (Nov. 2018) shows a time lapse of the phonological acquisition in ASL as a first language for the ASL word TURTLE. Watch the accomplishment at age 2;1 (fun and cute).

What surprises many people is that thumb takes time to develop in signed words that involves the use of thumb. Babies and toddlers don't manipulate the signed words with the thumbs that easily in the early phonological (language) development, unlike manipulating objects.

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