Signs for MACHINE

Meaning: a tool or device containing one or more parts that uses energy to perform an intended action.

Pronunciation (sign description): Two-handed "claw-5" hands (handshape), palms in (orientation), fingers of both hands interlocked (location), hands move down and up twice while staying interlocked (movement).

Learner tip: Not to confuse this production with the other signs AMERICA and ROOMMATE. These three signs are commonly confused for some beginners.


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 MACHINE

ASL digit written and contributed by Todd Hicks in the ASLwrite community, 2017.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Creative Work of the Deaf

Inspired by Dr. Lauren Simms' metaphor of 'running machine of the -isms' in her vlog with Dr. Roberta Cordano in 2020, Deaf artist Ellie created a visual metaphor.

Big Mean Machine by Ellie Sherwood Kidder
"Big Mean Machine (2020)", color pencil, 14"x17". Artist Ellie Kidder. Image posted with permission.

In Ellie's statement, this image represents a systemic oppression (racism, sexism, homophbia, etc.) that Ellie seeks a term that is as close as the term 'kyriarchy'.

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