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Communication by means of a manual alphabet.

fin′ger·spell′ v.


(ˈfɪŋ gərˌspɛl ɪŋ)

communication in sign language by means of a manual alphabet.
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Noun1.fingerspelling - an alphabet of manual signs
sign language, signing - language expressed by visible hand gestures
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You will discover in-depth expansion features in American Sign Language, fingerspelling, numbers and the deaf culture.
fingerspelling," which she sees as "the only way to precisely represent written English on the hands" (178).
Although fingerspelling a word does not itself denote an understanding of the concept, the fluency of the signing and fingerspelling can be an indicator of conceptual understanding (Padden, 2006).
Standard transcription techniques were used, including the following representation of fingerspelling (e.
Learn fingerspelling or some basic British Sign Language (BSL).
1) Transcription conventions: small capital letters = sign glosses given in English, RH = right hand, LH = left hand, # = fingerspelling, cl = verbs of location, motion, and orientation, _ = continuous sign, static = stationary/not moving, move to .
Kitto was not the only deaf poet who felt ambivalent about participating in a genre tied to sound and speech: about a dozen American and British deaf poets, who used signed languages or fingerspelling to communicate, published one or more volumes of work during the Victorian period.
If the deaf adult cannot read, he or she will not use fingerspelling to a great extent (Andrews and al, 2004).
Furthermore, no technique, such as tactile sign language, fingerspelling, or print-on-palm, is universally easier to learn or to use--all pose challenges.
She was interviewed by Ann Bancroft, fingerspelling to her.