Also see: COLOR
In a message dated 5/8/2007 6:19:12 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, melcwwm@ writes:I scoured your Lifeprint ASLU website for how to sign the word "color", but only found it in the noun form (finger wiggle by the chin). I would like to know how to sign it as a verb as in, "Color the picture green". I have seen it as a similar finger wiggle on the hand (same general idea as the sign "write", but I can't tell if it should have a movement or not so as not to confuse it with the sign "study".Thanks for your time...MaryEllenThe verb form of color would be to sign "COLOR" and then sign "WRITE" using a side to side movement as if filling in a coloring in a book. I would NOT use a "4" handshape to the palm of the base hand for the exact reason you mention--it would be confused with "study."
In a message dated 5/20/2007 2:21:15 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, melcwwm@ writes:Dr. Vicars,I recently emailed you on how to perform the sign for "color" as a verb and you replied that I should use the signs for "color" (noun) followed by the sign for "write". Since then it has come to my attention that the word "crayon" is signed the same way. Is there a separate sign for the word "crayon" or is the same combination of signs used with emphasis on the context to distinguish between the two words?Thanks, in advance, for your time:MaryEllenMaryEllen,
One approach to this would be to sign "coloring" as COLOR-WRITE.
And then sign "Crayon" as a combination of "COLOR" and a modified version of the sign ART.
This modified version of the sign "ART" uses the same "I" handshape as "ART" but the palm orientation is dominant hand palm-down instead of palm-back. The pad of the pinkie finger's fingerprint area is touched to the palm of the base hand and is "rubbed" side to side as if the pinkie itself were a crayon being used to color on a piece of paper.
Please do let me know if you come across any other variations.
I have seen people initialize the sign WRITE using a "C" handshape to mean "Crayon" but I would not recommend using that variation.
My wife signs "coloring" without using the base hand. She just signs COLOR and then does a writing movement in the air. (I don't recommend that either, but hey don't tell her I said anything). If I sign COLOR and then do the movement in the air I'd interpret that as meaning, "color on a wall, or on the (white) board."