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THAT: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "that"

 



THAT (one-handed version)

 

That thing right there:


 

There is a generic sign for THAT which uses two hands.  The (palm down) dominant "Y"-hand is brought down onto the (palm up) palm of the non-dominant flat-hand.

THAT (2-handed non-referential version)


The generic 2-handed version (above) is sometimes used when you want to express the concept of "that" but aren't making a specific reference to something in the local signing area.

 

 



The sign THAT can be used to refer to a specific thing in your environment by doing a one-handed version of the sign toward that thing. 

THAT-ONE (specifically)

 

That one? (question form)




THAT-ONE (the one way over there)

 

 



 

Notes:

Question:
Regarding the lesson: An Interview with Csar Jacobson (09) "Find Out" series: A student asks:
At 34:17 is the sign for THAT the same sign as IMPOSSIBLE? Thanks!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57AUM3sjXks&t=34m17s

Answer:
The handshapes, palm orientation, and location of the 2-handed version of the sign THAT and the sign IMPOSSIBLE are generally the same but the sign "impossible" typically uses a double movement accompanied by a slight negative head shake and a skeptical facial expression (non-manual marker) that indicates you don't believe something can be done.

The 2-handed version of the sign "THAT" tends to only use a single movement. Also often (but not always) the sign tends to use a bit of movement in the wrist. This extra movement is particularly common in the 1-handed version of "THAT-ONE!" -- often accompanied by a head-nod.

 

Also see:

THAT-ONE!

 




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