Name Signs ┃ ASL Stew
August 13, 2019
(Blue Skies ♪♪♪) Hello everybody, welcome to the video. Today we’re going to be talking about name sign and how get them. Now there’s two different styles of name signs. The first one is used more currently, in the present day and that’s called a combined name sign. That means you get an alphabetical letter whatever the first letter of somebody’s name is. Like my name is Jenna so I pick J. Then you assign that to a physical location on your body. Somewhere that would fit a characteristic that you have. Like it might be like this, or like this, or up here. That again is called a combined name sign. The other style really doesn’t have an offical name at least that I could find. If you’re aware of what it’s called please let me know. This one was used a little bit more in the past generations and is having a recurrence again. It’s a little bit more popular. It’s kind of just more of a revival within Deaf culture. This avoids using any sort of alphabetical letters. No association with the English language. This is using a hand shape, some sort of common hand shape. Then either it’s a physcial characteristic or a personality trait that describes who that person is. So you could use something like that. Within the Deaf community there’s different perspectives. Some people like to use the combined. Some people like to use the old school, I guess it what I’ll call it. So there’s kind of a debate. Some people accept the combined, some people don’t. It’s really more of a preference, but one standard things within the Deaf community is that a Deaf person has to give a name sign. Hearing people are not allowed to give name signs. CODAs are not allowed to give name signs. Only a Deaf person can, because it’s their culture and their language. So if you want to be involved then you need to make sure that a Deaf person gives you a name sign. Sometimes if you have a short name. Like my name is Jenna, or my wife Jill; both of us don’t really use a name sign. I don’t really have an official name sign. Most people just call me Jenna, and it’s pretty simple. So if you have a short name, then there’s a possibility that you don’t really need a name sign. You can! If somebody feels that it matches you, that’s fine. I’m kind of letting you know it’s not necessary. Long names, you typically you get a name sign. That just makes it faster. So that’s all for today’s video. I hope you enjoyed it. Please leave a comment if you have a name sign. Let me know! Please make sure you subscribe if you haven’t and like the video. Oh and also remember to check out our Patreon page. Take a look, and if you want to support us, it’s up to you. We’d really appreciate any support that you can give us. Thanks! [Jill] ….you probably are, but if you feel it’s not right, then it’s probably not. [Jenna] Right and the rule of thumb is you know….