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 American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed English (SE) Lesson 12: Pronouns
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
May 1, 2001

I in American Sign Language
me, I using ASL
Point in the direction of where someone is located. If no one is there, point to an imaginary person.
Touch the right i hand once on an open (palm facing upward) left hand.
I (Signed English)
I (ASL)
you
it

The pronoun He in ASL
ASL pronoun She
Using the right w hand, touch the right shoulder and then the left.
signing the pronoun they
he (used in Signed English)
she (used in Signed English)
we
they

how to sign 'mine' using ASL
the action for us in sign language
With cupped right hand, touch the right shoulder with the thumb-side of the hand; then rotate the hand in front of the chest to touch the left shoulder with the little-finger side of the right hand. The movement is meant to indicate that all belonging to us - the signer and the observer - is being scooped in as ours.
Hold right palm outward.
mine
us
our
your/yours

Sign Description of Action
he Touch an "h" hand to the forehead and "salute," turning the "h" hand slightly so that the hand finishes palm facing outward.
I (ASL) Point to self, mid-chest.
I (SE) Touch the "i" hand to the center of the chest.
it Touch the right "i" hand once on an open (palm facing upward) left hand.
mine Place the right palm (fingers pressed together) against the chest, as if holding something you own close to you.
our With cupped right hand, touch the right shoulder with the thumb side of the hand; then rotate the hand in front of the chest to touch the left shoulder with the little finger side of the right hand. The movement is meant to indicate that all belonging to "us" - the signer and the observer - is being scooped in as "ours."
she  Touch an "s" hand to the right side of the chin and make a "salute" motion (salute from the chin instead of the forehead) turning the "s" hand slightly so that the hand finishes palm facing outward.
they Hold an open right hand (fingers closed, palm upward) in front of the body and then move the hand to the right (as if indicating where people are seated or standing.) Note: Some signers use the index finger rather than the open hand.
us Using the right "u" hand, touch the right shoulder and then the left.
we Using the right "w" hand, touch the right shoulder and then the left.
you Point in the direction of where someone is located. If no one is there, point to an "imaginary" person.
your/yours Hold right palm outward.


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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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