ANGEL in Sign Language
Meaning: A spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God, conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe.
Pronunciation (sign description): Two-handed bent flat hands, palms down, both in contact with the shoulders, move upward at the same time turn outward and flap twice.
Kids say the darndest things
A bird in our house: "...been teaching my 13 month old hearing daughter to sign since she came into the world. [...] It's fun for us to try to find the object or animal she signs to us...she recently insisted that we had a bird in our living room. After a few minutes, we realized it was the angel on the Christmas tree. What a great way to see the world through your baby's eyes!" -- Kathryn Doherty, Miami, Florida, USA. December 13, 2000.
Baby signing angel
Phonological development: The soon-to-be-two girl Juli was looking for a little angel. She asked her grandmother for it that was last seen in the little sleigh that she pointed at. The way she signed was in an early phonological development.
This phonological development is an example of proximilization; e.g. a development of movement from hand to shoulder.
[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 digit written and contributed by Todd Hicks in the ASLwrite community, 2017.