ASL sign for: tell

To communicate information, facts, or news to someone in spoken or written words; to express with words.

Verb inflection: tell me. Gloss: TELL-ME.

Verb inflection: tell them. Gloss: TELL-THEM.

Related signs: INFORM.

Sentence or phrase

Gloss: /\IX1 WOMAN/\, POLICE INFORM-ix1, POSS-ix1 SON RECENTLY DIE, IX1 SHOCK MIND-BREAKDOWN.

English equivalent: The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.

Watch closely for gaze-shifting used in this sentence, spatial agreement (subject, object, and verb), non-manual signals (e.g. "CS" mouth morpheme for 'recently'.

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