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American Sign Language: "womb"
Sandy writes:Dr. Bill:I am recently trying to translate an English word into sign language and cannot find a 'phrase' or action for it other than to spell it out. I am new at sign language but would like to take a course in it. I find my church, among other things going on in my life right now, has a need to learn sign as a second language.Could you please help me find a sign for 'womb'? I can't seem to find it in the ASL dictionary or in 'Signing Made Easy" text books.If you can help, thank you. If not, I will simply [spell] the word. It is in a Christian song and it would have to be signed quickly in order to keep pace with the melody.Thank you for your time.Sincerely,Sandy
There is no "widely established" sign for womb. I asked my wife and she didn't have a specific sign for it either. She started making up some weird sign like doing a mini-cradle in the belly. Heh. I thanked her for her time and excused myself.
If I were discussing this in a workshop, I'd spell it on first reference and then I'd use the following sign to indicate the relative shape and location of a "womb." Is that the "right" sign. Not necessarily. In the context of the workshop and considering that I associated the sign with the concept--everybody at that workshop would likely develop a consensus that it was a "good enough" sign for womb. But I couldn't walk up to a colleague and do that sign "out of context" and expect him or her to understand.
Also, since you are doing a song, you have a bit more poetic license and might want to consider just signing "pregnant" using the interlaced fingers version.
-- Dr. Bill
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