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COLOR: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "color"

WHITE / BLACK / RED / GREEN / BLUE / BROWN / YELLOW / GRAY / GOLD / PINK / ORANGE / PURPLE /

 

To do the sign for "color" hold your hand up in front of your neck and chin area then flutter the fingertips.

COLOR:

 

Sample sentence: YOUR FAVORITE COLOR, WHAT? = "What is your favorite color?"




 

WHAT-COLOR:


When you sign color with furrowed eyebrows, it is generally interpreted as "what color?"

 

Discussion:
In a message dated 2/6/2004 8:08:40 PM Pacific Standard Time, moorchild-dreamer@_____.net writes:
Dear Dr. Bill,
     I'm having trouble with the sign for "color". Do you simply hold the hand in front of your mouth and flutter the fingers?  Thank you!
- Mikaela B.

Dear Mikaela,
You don't have to make contact with the chin.  It is very common to just hold the hand in front of your neck and flutter the fingers in front of (but not touching) the chin.
However, it is "okay" to do the flutter "on" the chin. Both methods are well accepted.
- Dr. Bill

 

QUESTION: How do you indicate that a color is dark?

ANSWER:
The common way to indicate darkness of a color is to sign "dark" before doing the color sign.

You can sign a color sign in a more intense manner while using an intense facial expression.
Adding intensity to a color sign doesn't specifically mean "dark" but rather it means "very."
If you add intensity to the signing of a bright color such as "white" it can mean "bright white."
If you add intensity to a color sign like yellow or green it can mean "vibrant yellow" or "vibrant green."

 


Notes: 

Also see: COLORING

Also see: COLORS




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