TREE in sign language

Printable ASL for TREE
Printable ASL for TREE

The ASL word "TREE" is onomatopoeic (in other word, iconic). Though, there are different signs for 'tree' in other signed languages.

Signs for TREE

How do you sign 'tree' in ASL?

Meaning: A usually tall plant that has a thick, wooden stem and many large branches.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant upright "5" shakes a few times while the non-dominant hand hold the dominant elbow.

A plural form of TREE; also forest.

Related signs: FOREST, BRANCH, LEAF, SHRUB.

Cultural Phenomenology

If a sculptor were to make this woody arm-and-hand sculpture as illustrated in the image below, it would be a different intention or experience between a Deaf and a hearing artist.

Woody arm-hand tree
Image source: social media circulation posted by Emmett Hassen.

"The Giant Hand of Vyrnwy" sculpture in Wales was sculpted by Simon O'Rourke, a hearing artist. Simon in his statement explained that the tallest tree in Wales was damaged by storm and won the commission. After research, he decided on a giant hand, "symbolising the giants, and the tree's last attempt to reach for the sky!" Ref

On the other hand, if this artist were American Deaf artist, his conventional intention would be like this:

"This is perfect, illustrates the sign for 'tree' in ASL. :)" -- Emmett Hassen (Deaf) shared a post on his FB page, on Oct. 24, 2020. Generally, Deaf people would invariably reply in agreement.

That would be the first thought: a ASL signed word for TREE! No flowery rationale for an art project, just a simple and straightforward impulse right on the nose in front of the eyes. Right there!

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 TREE

A little creative, artistic ASL digit written and contributed by Adrean Clark, 2017.

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