ASL sign for: culture

Definition: The human social customs, norms, behavior, beliefs, arts and values of a particular society, group, or time.

This sign has been around for decades until the recent trend of a proper sign as shown below (circa 2015) that is gradually replacing the existing sign.

A neologism suggested by Adrean Clark. Another variation (without the passive "1" handshape) suggested by Shari Kido.


"A language divorced from its culture is like a body without a soul." -- Bilingual researcher Colin Baker, 2006.

"Without a legitimately recognized language, there is no culture; without a culture, there is no self-identity; without a self-identity, you just go on trying to be what others demand you to be." -- Lou Fant, Deaf person in the 20th century.


Related signs: Deaf Culture.

Printable for culture

ASL printable for culture