MOUTH in sign language

"Language is not mouth stuff -- it's brain stuff." -- Dr. William Stokoe (1919-2000), the father of ASL linguistics.

ASL sign for MOUTH

"How do you sign 'mouth' in American Sign Language?".

Meaning: The opening through which an animal or human takes in food.

Pronunciation (sign description): Dominant index finger pointing to the lips moves in circular motion around the lips.

Kid Signing

What would "talking with mouth full" be the equivalent in sign language? Talking with hand full like this:

Ohh! Both a mouthful of food and handfuls of utensils while talking. She's truly bilingual in some table manners. ;)

Q: What does this little girl say? A: She said in ASL (translated as), "No, it's mine" after the mother signed "Why not?" Earlier she took some of her birthday mother's cake and resisted to share it. Kid, ha.

Sign Language/Deaf Quotes

"Language is not mouth stuff -- it's brain stuff." -- Dr. William Stokoe (1919-2000), the father of ASL linguistics. Later, neuroscience studies verified that.

Neuroscientist Dr. Petitto famously stated, "The human brain does not discriminate between the hands and the tongue. People discriminate, but not our biological human brain." (2012)

Vocabulary

Related signs: LIP, TOOTH.

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 MOUTH

ASL digit written and contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2017.

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