The concept of "method" can be expressed using the TECHNICAL sign.
The right hand is in a "five" handshape with the middle finger bent forward at
The tip of the right middle finger jabs the pinkie edge of the left hand.
method / technology / technique
Another way to express
the concept of "method" is to use the "way-(STREET)" sign. The "way"
sign is sometimes used to mean "method" because a "method" is a
"way" of doing something.
Ilah from Long Beach
I was going over your website, (very informative, thank you for
creating it) I teach a high school ASL class for the student's
"foreign language" credit. This is our school's first year teaching
ASL and not Spanish. I hope to expand it, we'll see.
And I am always searching for something that will assist these
precious darlings (9th and 10th grade) to "get it."
I am reviewing your short video vocab on ASL U and I have learned a
few new signs I didn't know before or have forgotten about.
So, when i saw HOW you signed "method" -- I was wondering if there
is a reason. I sign 'technology" similar but instead of
horizontal, my supporting hand (left for me) is vertical.
I was just wondering the sign "method" had some kind of meaning as
to why it is signed that way?
I hope this makes sense ...
The sign that we typically gloss as "TECHNICAL" is also commonly
used to mean: technology, technique, method, and (sometimes) "mode."
As to why "method" uses the same sign as technical anything I tell
you would only be speculation but my speculation is that "method"
sort of overlaps with the meaning of "technique" and thus over time
the sign TECHNICAL has expanded its semantic range to include
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