The sign for "information" is based on the sign
for "inform" which in turn is related to the sign for "learn."
To remember the sign for information it helps to think of it as
meaning "taking knowledge from your head and dispersing (or handing
it out) to the world."
Generally the sign uses two hands. The handshapes at the
beginning of the sign are in "flattened-O" shapes. The
dominant hand is held very close to your forehead (it can touch but
usually doesn't). It is "palm back" and the fingertips (and thumb)
are pointed at the brain. The non-dominant hand is held a bit
lower and further from the head. It too is palm-back.
You then move both hands forward and off to their respective
sides using a sweeping movement and open each hand into palm-up
5-handshapes.. By that I mean your right hand moves forward and off
to the right while your left-hand moves forward and off to the left.
Picture it as you have just reached up to your brain, grabbed some
information and flung it out to the public.
Another thing to consider about this sign is that the dominant
hand begins in pretty much the same position as the "ending
position" it is in for the sign LEARN. In the sign LEARN the
premise is that you are reaching down to grab some information off
of your palm and stuff it in your head. Then for the sign
INFORMATION you are reaching up to your head to grab some
information and fling it out to those around you.
Another aspect of this sign is that the noun form "information"
is differentiated from the verb form "INFORM" by the movement path.
In the sign INFORMATION we use a curved (arching) movement path.
(One hand curving off to the right, the other hand curving off to
the left.) In the sign INFORM we use a straight movement path that
moves toward the person being informed if that person is present. If
the person is not present then the sign INFORM still uses a straight
movement path but the direction is off toward the dominant side as
an "absent referent." Meaning that you are signing INFORM-he/she as
if he or she were standing off to that side. But the person to whom
you are referring isn't really there. He or she is absent. You
are referring to him or her but he or she is absent hence the term
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