Signs for INSECT

Definition: A small arthropod animal that has six legs and generally one or two pairs of wings.

Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant "claw-3" with the thumb on the side of the nose, the fingers cringe twice.

Also sign for: BUG.

Related signs: ANT, BEE, BEETLE, FLEA, FIREFLY, HOUSEFLY (as in an insect), LADYBUG, MOSQUITO, MOTH, SPIDER, GRASSHOPPER.

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 INSECT

Written ASL digit for "INSECT". [Contributed by Jolanta in ASLwrite, 2019]

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Cross-cultural anecdotes

One of a few funny misfortunes was that a couple stopped to let Juli (age 1;7,3) pet their dog. Juli, sitting in her stroller, hesitated to pet but she looked at the stranger and spontaneously told a story, insect got-slapped! (where the production for "insect" was not perfect). She was talking about a mosquito. The man smiled subtly (or at least half-smiled).

Imagine, the man through his perception, who didn't know ASL and had no idea about the early phonological development in sign language) looked at the toddler who signed by "honking" her nose and "slapped". How weird that toddler must be! He'd never think of a 'insect' or 'mosquito'. The "claw 3" handshape for INSECT is one of the handshapes to develop only much later.

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