Signs for ALBERTA
Meaning: Alberta, the province in the west in Canada.
How to pronounce: the movement of the dominant A-handshape should be leftward twice (if right-handed) across the passive hand (palm down).
Etymology: A reason for this ASL word is related to the mountains in the western part of Alberta.
For signing the University of Alberta, sign UNIVERSITY + ALBERTA.
[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.]
The bottom digit represents the passive or base hand with the partial arm. The top digit represents the handshape A and the middle one depicts a movement backward towards the two dots which indicate twice.
Written ASL digit for ALBERTA. [Contributed by ASLwrite, 2020]
Deaf Culture and tidbits
Deaf Culture and History
Did you know that...? Alberta is home to the creation of The Canadian Dictionary of ASL (2002) by Carole Sue Bailey (Deaf, born in the U.S.), Hilda Marian Campbell (deaf/hard-of-hearing), and Kathy Dolby (hearing). All of these authors were teachers at Alberta School for the Deaf (ASD).
Another, Alberta is home to the first credit-based ASL course in North America to be offered for high school at ASD (Alberta School for the Deaf) in the late 1980s.
The Legislature (Alberta government) passed the motion on June 19th, 1990 to recognize ASL as a language of the deaf in Alberta and to incorporate it into Alberta's grade school and post-secondary curriculum as an available language of instruction.