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American Sign Language: "stepmother"



STEP-MOTHER:  another version:

While I don't tend to use the "one finger" variation for STEP-MOTHER, I got an email from Dr. Lisalee Egbert mentioning that she uses the one-handed version for both step-mother and stepfather. 

Notes from Dr. Bill regarding the "one finger variation" of STEP-FATHER and STEP-MOTHER:
A "one movement/one location" sign has an advantage over a "two movement/two location" sign since the single movement sign has "economy" in its favor. The "one finger" sign is a strong variation in some parts of the country and I think it is actually increasing in popularity.  I can certainly see why Dr. Egbert would use it and I think it is a terrific sign. For me personally though I think I'll still stick with the "second hand" version of "stepfather/stepmother" as the version I teach my own classes.  Also remember the "safest" version will likely be to spell STEP when used  as part of the sign for "stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, etc."

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