Definition: An intense feeling of deep affection.
Gloss: ix-me love you
English equivalent: I love you.
Variation glossed as LOVE YOU-hon
[Video contributed by Antines Davis, June 2020.] A protest participant requested for this one of few ASL signs to use for the silent demonstrations in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Written ASL digit for LOVE. The top digit represents the shoulder. The bottom part depicts a handshape 'S'. The cross with two dots is a symbol for the location and movement of the hands (and the crossed arms).
[Contributed by ASLwrite, 2019]
This video shows the mother and her four-year-old bilingual girl reading aloud (and translating) the book, "Mommy, do you love me?" by Jeanne Willis.
Study how an infant acquires the ASL word LOVE in a timeless time-lapse video of phonological and language development from birth to age 5. <3 <3
Remember that infants (regardless of ASL or English or any other languages regardless of the modalities) begin to acquire a concept of pronouns at about 18 months and understand how to use pronouns at about age 24 months. It's interesting to capture some moments of using pronouns in the language development in the video.
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