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American Sign Language: "decimal"

 


In a message dated 1/18/2007 7:39:10 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, rmpence@ writes:

Dear Dr. Vicars,
Are decimals commonly signed or is it preferable to sign them as fractions?
-Robyn Pence

Robyn,
I see decimals being used in ASL the same as they are used in spoken languages.
So if I were you I wouldn't covert all decimals into fractions just so you can sign them as fractions.  If you are talking about data that involves decimals then use your index finger to poke a "dot" in the air as if making a decimal. Some people make decimals with a straight index finger. Some people poke the air using their thumb and index finger (as if holding a needle and popping a balloon).
Bill

 




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