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American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed English (SE)  Lesson 11:
Conjunctions and Introducers
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
May 15, 2001

Hold right hand in front of the chest with palm facing in and fingers pointing left. Move right hand to the right of the body, closing the fingertips and thumb together during the gesture.
Cross d hands (palms down); then draw them apart, ending with d hands pointing outward on both sides of the body.
Move right index finger across forehead, left to right, ending in an a hand just to the right of the face.
and
but
because



how to sign the word 'or' using sign language
'while' in ASL
Hold the left d hand in front of body, palm up. The right index finger moves in a clockwise motion around the left, then rests on the left index finger to symbolize the element of time.
or
while
when
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Using the right hand, touch the right side of the forehead with the index finger. Then move the index finger out and up. The index finger should end in a position that is pointing outward and slightly up.
how to sign 'since' in ASL
Touch the right i hand to the right side of the forehead.
for
since
if

Sign Description of Action
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and Hold right hand in front of the chest with palm facing in and fingers pointing left. Move right hand to the right of the body, closing the fingertips and thumb together during the gesture.
because Move right index finger across forehead, left to right, ending in an "a" hand just to the right of the face.
but Cross "d" hands (palms down); then draw them apart, ending with "d" hands pointing outward on both sides of the body.
for Using the right hand, touch the right side of the forehead with the index finger. Then move the index finger out and up. The index finger should end in a position that is pointing outward and slightly up.
if Touch the right "i" hand to the right side of the forehead.
or Point the index finger of the left "L" hand to the right in front of the chest area. Using a right "o" hand, touch the left thumb and then the end of the left index finger.
since Touch both index fingers of "d" hands to the right shoulder, palms down. Move hands up and over (actually running the index fingers up the chest a few inches) and then forward into the space in front of the shoulder. Hands will end palms up, with index fingers pointing outward.
when Hold the left "d" hand in front of body, palm up. The right index finger moves in a clockwise motion around the left, then rests on the left index finger to symbolize the element of time.
while Touch "w" hands to either side of the body. Move both hands forward simultaneously.
   

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Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider is a freelance writer and a teacher. She has been writing since high school and has published articles, songs, and children's work. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for both Pearson/Merrell-Prentice Hall and Group Publishing and is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor, a lesson plan website found at http://www.lessontutor.com. Her most recent books, 52 Children's Moments (Synergy Publications) and Taking Hearing Impairment to School (JayJo Books and the Guidance Channel) can be found at Amazon.com.
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