Signs for MOUSE

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Meaning: a small rodent that typically has a pointed snout, relatively large ears and eyes, and a long tail.

Pronunciation (production): Dominant forefinger (handshape), palm facing left if right-handed (orientation), on the nose (location), brushes diagonally downward twice (movement).

Related signs: MOUSE TRAP, MICKEY MOUSE, MOUSE (computer).

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 written for MOUSE

Written ASL digit for "mouse" contributed by Joy Maisel in the ASLwrite community, 2017.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Baby Signing

Watch how the baby acquires the ASL word MOUSE in a time-lapse video. The sign MOUSE seems to be easier to acquire than most of the other ASL signs.

Psst, what do three-year-old kids dream about? Let's take a peek into the kid's brain. Juli said she dreamed about a ghost (ooh), a mouse (aww), and a cat (not surprising).

Initially at age 1;3, Juli was learning to recognize a difference between a mouse and another animal such as a rabbit during our literacy interaction.

Signing at age 4 above.

a drawing of the mouse

Drawing of the mouse by a four-year-old ASLian, Juli.

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