Definition: A domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling, or whining voice.
Etymology: This ASL sign may look like a snap to a naive eye but it's actually a fingerspelled loan derived from the three letters "D-O-G".
Variation: Dominant palm tapping on the thigh. This is kind of obsolete or simply less used. It's often used with babies for easier production.
Learner tip: You don't need to sign the combination of fingerspelled loan #DOG and tapping on the leg (as in a compound word) as commonly seen in non-native signers. This is the signature of hearing accent. :) Although, this doesn't really apply to parentese with baby when Deaf parent uses both ASL variations (not the compound of it).
Pet friend or sometimes foe (okay, opposite word): CAT.
Some word entries have one of some tidbits in this section, such as minimal pairs of sign words, rhymes, etc. usually related to or associated with its word entry.
[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.]
Written/contributed by Adrean Clark.
Experimental writing digits, 2015 or 2016 (the little circle system by Jolanta).
Dog Tricks: Deaf owners (and sometimes hearing signers) of dogs speak ASL with their dogs in the same way hearing owners speak English with their dogs.
The video (2020) by Jayme Eyben demonstrated some commands in ASL with his cute dog, Winry.
Watch how a child acquires the ASL sign DOG in a time lapse from baby to kindergarten age, including fingerspelling the word and signing the lexicalized loan.
Interesting to watch how the brain processes differently for fingerspelling (equivalent to writing letter by letter) and fingerspelled loans (equivalent to whole words, not letter by letter).
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