YEAR in sign language

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

Meaning: a period of 365 or 366 days, in the Gregorian calendar, based on the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun.

Formal citation (sign description): Dominant upright fist or "S" hand a bit above non-dominant upright fist moves forward around the base hand and then land on the top of the base.

Learner tip: Be sure that the movement is forward, not backward in circle. Signing backward is a common error production found in ASL learners.

Informal register. Now commonly used in both formal and informal settings (language evolution).

Plural form of YEAR: years; years and years; many years.

Captured an old ASL in the film "The Preservation of American Sign Language" filmed in 1913. The sign for plural YEARS signed by George Veditz is different from today's production (different passive handshape).


Related signs: year-round, YEARLY, NEW YEAR, next year, last year, leap year, BIYEARLY, AGE.

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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 YEAR

The vertical dash on the movement line is only an experimental concept for the forward movement.

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