NAME in sign language
Definition: A word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.
Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant horizontal "H" handshape (palm orientation facing half-in) tapping twice on the top of the passive horizontal "H" handshape (palm orientation also facing half-in).
Related ASL signs: TITLE, TERM, WORD, FORENAME or first name, SURNAME or last name, NICKNAME, BRAND NAME.
Is there a name sign in Deaf culture? Yes, most Deaf people have their NAME SIGNS.
Verb: to give a name to (one movement).
Learner tip: Similar sign for MENTION but different meaning in contexts.
Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant horizontal "H" handshape (palm orientation NOT facing down) tapping once on the top of the passive horizontal "H" handshape (palm orientation also not facing down). The movement is slightly longer compared to the noun (first video above).
Related signs: CALL/CALLED, LABEL, TITLE/ENTITLED.
Ask Q, Answer Q
Q: "What is the name sign for MARY (or any personal name)?"
A: Use fingerspelling for personal names. Name signs are independent from spoken-language personal names on one's birth certificate. Name signs are gifted by Deaf people to members of Deaf community.
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[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.]
By ASLwrite community, Feb. 2017.
The two dots represent two movements (twice on the side of the index finger) with two "U" or "H" handshapes.