TEXT in sign language

This word entry contains ASL signs for "text" and word-related art.

ASL signs for "text"

How to sign "text" in American Sign Language (ASL).

Definition: a book or other written or printed work, regarded in terms of its content rather than its physical form; the words that make up the main part of a book, magazine, newspaper, Web site, etc.

Pronunciation (sign description): Fingerspelling.



Meaning (textbook): a book as a standard book of instruction used by students for the study of a particular subject.

Related signs: TEXT (SMS) is when you send text messages.

Deaf Art

The Photocalligraphy series by literary media artist Jolanta Lapiak depict a trace of text in ASL.

ASL/Deaf art
"Photocalligraphy: there is no outside of the text. (2008)" by Jolanta Lapiak

The artist translates one of philosopher Jacques Derrida's well-known quotes "there is no outside of the text" into ASL and captured the trace of movements on the camera.

The artist translated a selected English text into ASL and captured the movement of ASL into a digital image. This process refers to Derridean arche-writing and grammatology.

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 TEXT

Written ASL digit for "text" contributed by Adrean Clark in the ASLwrite community, 2017.

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