Meaning: a number that is one more than three; a symbol of this number, 4 or IV or IIII.
The palm orientation faces towards the signer for the cardinal number (dollar, number, year). Except for the exclamation.
But, the palm faces towards the listener when telling age, o'clock, etc.
[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.
This cartoon reminds me of a heartbreaking story told by a woman in the video Unveiled Audism.
In the story, the woman came to a class to observe the class. When the teacher wrote on the board "2+2", the deaf kid excitedly replied "4" in ASL. The teacher shook his/her head, "No, wrong! Say it using voice!"
There are also stories in this similar vein where deaf kids were forbidden from using sign language.
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