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    Basic Handshapes in American Sign Language

    Just as English uses basic sounds and letters to form words, American Sign Language uses basic handshapes. In addition to the handshapes of the manual alphabet, ASL also uses a number of other common handshapes. Learning the basic handshapes of ASL will make learning the signs for words and phrases easier.

    A Fist

    A Fist

    S Fist

    S Fist

    Index

    Index

    Flat Hand

    Flat Hand

    Open Hand

    Open Hand

    Curved Hand

    Curved Hand

    Bent Hand

    Bent Hand

    Claw

    Claw

    Flat O

    Flat O

    Modified C

    Modified C

    Bent V

    Bent V

    Cocked Index

    Cocked Index

    Horns

    Horns

    References

    American Sign Language: Handshapes: http://www.lifeprint.com/asl101/pages-layout/handshapes.htm
    Thompson, Stacy A. 2005. Teach your tot to sign: The parents’ guide to American Sign Language. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.

    Image Credits

    A Fist © 2012 Heather Johnson
    S Fist © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Index © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Flat Hand © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Open Hand © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Curved Hand © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Bent Hand © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Claw © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Flat O © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Modified C © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Bent V © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Cocked Index © 2012 Heather Johnson
    Horns © 2012 Heather Johnson

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