LIGHT in sign language
ASL signs for 'light'
How do you say "light" in American Sign Language?
Definition: The natural substance that stimulates sight and makes things visible.
Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant "8" handshape with the middle finger and thumb tips in contact with the chin flicks twice.
Variation: Occasionally, one may find a Deaf person signing LIGHT with upright forefinger on the chin, palm facing left, moves upward twice.
Learner tip: Don't confuse this meaning with LAMP which has the downturned hand reminiscent of a light shining, spreading its rays out.
For another meaning if you mean a light-colored or lightweight, then use a different sign: LIGHT (WEIGHT).
Through toddler's cognitive lens
Kids, especially toddlers and preschoolers, say the darndest cute things in sign language.
One evening at around bedtime, the toddler Juli (age 1;4) repeated uttering light, light.. light.. light (early production). Her father turned to me, "What did she sign?" Without any context, I answered my best, signing light. I trusted my instinct.
The father let Juli lead him from the family room through the hallway to the front door. He came back, signing "You're right. She was referring the light to the sunset." SUNSET? Fascinating little mind's interpretation of the world.
[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 digit written and contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2017.