Signs for PARENT
Definition: A person who is a father or mother.
Usually either a plural form or either of a parent in ASL.
Variation of the handshape. The handshape P of the ASL sign PARENT emerged in the 1970s or earlier and gradually declined toward the 21st century. Sometimes still seen or used in the early 21st century. [Video contributed by Stephan Francis McLeod, 2018.
Meaning: PARENT, a gender neutral. Sign proposed by Evan Hibbard, Dec. 2017.
[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.]
Contributed by ASLwrite.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
This funny anecdote "Mispronunciation" is excerpted from https://www.handspeak.com/learn/index.php?id=203
"The trios in ASL 212 were practicing a translation into ASL based on a short story projected on the wall screen. The paragraph was about how a couple prepared for a much looking-forward-to romantic candle-lit dinner while their children were away for a sleepover. As they unplugged the phone and excitedly sat down for dinner, suddenly there was a doorbell ring only to discover that the wife's out-of-state parents came for a surprising visit. The student in a trio kept mispronouncing in ASL, signing MAN instead of PARENT and no students corrected her. So, I intervened to correct. The trio laughed so hard, imagining the husband discovering a male stranger coming for a surprising visit." -- Jolanta, ASL Instructor, 2020.