Signs for HOME

Sweet home sweet.

Definition: The place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.

Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant "flat O" handshape touching on the cheek near the mouth and then touching on the cheek again a bit away from the mouth.

The sign originally came from the compound EAT+BED which became assimilated into non-compound sign HOME. It's called "perseverative assimilation".

Minimal Pairs

Different handshape with same movement and location: YESTERDAY, NATIVE-AMERICAN.

Related sign words

Of all the HOUSES she'd lived in, Tabitha the house spider liked the BOATHOUSE the best. The APARTMENT was small and the roaches were too quick. Her CONDO had a troublesome cat, and the three bedroom home was too chaotic with too many noisy kids. Every DWELLING she found was infested with people who would try to squish her. She often wished she could settle in an abandoned CABIN or COTTAGE in the woods, but alas she was not a recluse. Unfortunately, the boathouse collapsed due to termites, so for the time being, she was HOMELESS. Though there was a nice little DUPLEX being built up the street. Maybe she could get there before the people took over. Probably not though, she just got swatted by a newspaper.

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 writing for HOME

Contributed by Adrean Clark.

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