CONTEXT in sign language

As hearing students learn American Sign Language, the ASL words "context" and "contextual" are an indispensable vocabulary that it's almost impossible to use without them, at least in ASL classes.

ASL signs for "context"

How to sign "context", "contextual" in American Sign Language (ASL)?

Definition: The circumstances surrounding a particular word, object or event.



"contextual", "context-dependent":

Meaning (contextual): Relating to, dependent on, or using context; the definition of contextual is depending on the context, or surrounding words, phrases, and paragraphs, of the writing.

Early variation.

Learner tip

To go beyond "what's the sign for [English word here]", practice negotiation of meaning, including contexts.

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