ASL sign for FIREFIGHTER


Definition: A person whose job is to extinguish fires.

Closed "4" handshape, palm orientation facing out, two movements on the forehead.


Handshape rhymes (language play): FIREFIGHTER, BOOTS.


Related signs: FIREFIGHTING, FIRE, FIRETRUCK.

Gloss: IX-plural(LOC1) VISIT(LOC2) FIREFIGHTERS.

English equivalent: *They are visiting* firefighters.

Gloss: THEY(LOC1) FIREFIGHTERS VISIT(LOC2).

English equivalent: They are *visiting firefighters*.

The difference between firefighters who are visiting and visiting firefighters are stressed in English sentences. In ASL, the structure is identified in spatial agreement of the verb.

Deaf signing firefighters:

Firefighter/EMT Chad Grabousky; Volunteer firefighter/ambulance driver Matt Gilmore...

Phonological acquisition: watch the time-lapsed video of the ASL sign FIREFIGHTER.

Case study (video above): watch how this child develops the sign FIREFIGHTER on the phonological level from baby to age 3. At age 3, she was able to read the word FIRE as well as fingerspelled it loud.

For more, see storytelling interaction.