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American Sign Language: "chat"


The sign for "chat" has a couple of versions. 



CHAT (version 1)


Sample sentence: Do you like to chat with Deaf people?


 



There is another way to sign "chat." This other version uses an alternating up and down movement.

CHAT (version 2)

 



Notes:
There are two popular versions of the sign for "chat."  (See the examples above.)
I honestly believe there is a slight difference in meaning between these two signs.  Sort of like the difference in taste between Pepsi and a no-name brand cola.  The difference is there, but it is not so much of a difference as to matter in everyday usage. To me, version one is more laid back and casual.  Version two is more active more involved. I don't see either as being "formal" though. I also don't consider one to be more clear or used more frequently than the other. For some reason, if I am talking about Hearing people chatting, I tend to use version one. I could also use version one for Deaf chatting, but would be less inclined to use version two for Hearing people chatting. But that is just me. I doubt you'd get much consensus on these signs, but it would be interesting to ask around. I'll have to do that one of these days.
-- Dr. Bill
 



In a message dated 6/6/2006 11:26:18 AM Pacific Daylight Time, johnnyarkoosh@____ writes:

Dr. Bill,

Thanks for the website.  I don’t know if you still update it regularly or not, but nonetheless I appreciate it.

I just wanted to comment on the “chat” sign version 2.

I agree that version 2 is primarily a “Deaf chat” and would not find myself using it concerning Hearing people.  I do not know why that is either, but I did notice in chat version 2 you have on a more “Deaf face” which helps lend to the idea that it is a Deaf conversation.

I don’t know how to explain what I am seeing, but the version 2 face is not a face I would make in relation to hearing people conversing.  It is also a face much more closely related to version 2 than version 1.  I don’t think, regardless of circumstance that I make that particular face when I use version one, just something that really struck me.

Anyway, thanks again.

~ Johnny Arkoosh

Johnny,
Hey, thanks for the interesting observation.
I appreciate your comment.
-- Dr. Bill

 


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