Definition: Used to give a negative response; the opposite of yes.
The movement is sometimes once, sometimes twice, sometimes plural, depending on the contexts.
Euphemism/meaning: no. Also meaning: don't do it.
Used with a very strong emphasis.
Written ASL digit for "NO" contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2018.
Nine-year-old bilingual (to-be-multilingual) has got a little hypothetical question.
Translation: If the ASL word YES moves up/down, then why doesn't the ASL word/sign NO move sideways?
This kid's thought wasn't the first time. There had been some people here and there who had the same wonder, including myself in my early life. It's a natural logic.
So, in case you might wonder why the ASL sign for NO is this way. Hypothetically, 1) It's the phonetic thing (nothing to do with sound but to do with the brain and its linguistic processing). The sign NO is more efficient this way than the shaking "S" handshape. It's a natural language thing.
Etymology: Did you know that this ASL sign, which looks very much a non-fingerspelled form itself, was actually lexicalized from two fingerspelled N and O? It was a loanword but nobody could thought of it as a loanword.
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