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Master ASL Unit 5. Classifiers. Classifiers. ASL handshapes used to convey nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions depending on their use and context. These handshapes are called “Classifiers”
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Master ASL Unit 5 Classifiers
Classifiers • ASL handshapes used to convey nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions depending on their use and context. • These handshapes are called “Classifiers” • Classifiers are used a great deal in ASL, and have a huge influence in the language.
How to Use Classifiers • Draw a picture of a person jumping into a pool. • What did you draw first? • Second? • Third? • Draw a picture of a book on a bookshelf. • What did you draw first? • Second? • Third?
How to Use Classifiers • Rule 1: Always identify the classifier first—person, place, or thing. • Ex: The man ran away. • Rule 2: Pick the correct handshape to convey the classifier. • Ex: Man upright uses the CL:1. • Rule 3: Use the classifier to show the movement, location, or appearance in your sentence. • Ex: MAN IX-he CL:1 “run away”
CL: 1 • Represents a person: • Where the person is (location) • ROOM CORNER WOMAN CL:1 • What the person is doing (action) • ROOM CORNER WOMAN CL:1 “pacing back and forth” • What the person looks like (manner-adjective) • ROOM CORNER WOMAN CL:1 “fat” • How the person is doing something (manner-adverb) • ROOM CORNER WOMAN CL:1 “sloppily pacing back and forth”
CL: 1 • Represents thin, cylindrical objects (poles, logs, pencils): • Where the object is (location) • DESK PENCIL CL:1 “in front” • What the object is doing (action) • DESK PENCIL CL:1 “fall off” • What the object looks like (manner) • DESK PENCIL CL:1 “thin” • Represents the tracing of an outline: • Heart shaped mirror • Bulletin Board • Rectangular table vs. Circular table
Practice using CL: 1 • That man is hunched over. • He ran that way! • She is moving at a snails pace. • He turned around. • He went that way, and she went the other way. • The two people bowed to each other.
CL:/\ or CL: 2 fingers down • Represents the action of a person’s legs • STUDENT IX-she CL: 2 fingers down “walk fast” • Represents the action of a person’s eyes • TEACHER HOMEWORK PASS-OUT STUDENT IX-she CL: 2 fingers down “roll eyes” • Represents the person’s whole body • BOY CLASS RUN-TO PAPER IX-he LOOK OVER CL: 2 fingers down “slip and fall on butt”
Practice using CL: /\ • He gave me a dirty look • She is walking home. • He was walking and fell on the ground. • I like to look around • They are standing across from each other. • I’m watching you like a hawk! • I want to lay down! • He keeps looking at me and looking away.
Using both CL:/\ and CL:1 • Can you walk on a balance beam? • The mother examined the boy from head to toe. • He walked over to the man laying on the floor. • Don’t trip on that thing. • I’m learning how to logroll.
CL: 3 • Represents a vehicle: bicycles, cars, motorcycles, boats • Manipulate the classifier to reflect directions of travel and/or speed and include facial expressions and other NMS as needed. • CAR CL:3 MOTORCYCLE CL:3 ACCIDENT • BOAT CL:3 SINK • BUS CL:3 “pull over” PEOPLE CL:1 “walk up to bus” GET IN
Practice using CL: 3 • The car drove right past me. • The two motorcycles were racing. • The bus was going up the hill stopped and started coming down the hill backwards. • The boat was tossed on the waves • The motorcycle went over a bumpy road. • The bus hit a car coming around the corner