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"JOKE" has both a signed form and a fingerspelled form. If "joke" is fingerspelled it is typically being used as a noun. If JOKE is signed we must rely on context to decide whether it is being used as a noun or a verb.
JOKE / joking / teasing
The word joke is often fingerspelled in the Deaf Community. When fingerspelled the concept is typically being used as a noun. The signed version can also be used as a noun depending on context.
Let me provide for you an example where we see the "signed" version of joke being used as a noun in the phrase "...one more funny joke."
https://youtu.be/bN4Vsf_jM2w See the 22 second mark. The subtitles (provided by SVRS) further confirm that the language model is using the sign JOKE as a noun.
If for some reason the Youtube video goes away, here are a couple of screen grabs:
Source: SVRS (Oct. 1, 2015) "Deaf Awareness Month 2015: One Last Joke," Sorenson Video Relay Service, Retrieved 2/2/2019 from: https://youtu.be/bN4Vsf_jM2w?t=22 (video ID: bN4Vsf_jM2w at time code: 22 seconds)
Also see: "TEASE"
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