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Some handshapes can indicate a general category or class of concepts to which a referent belongs. These handshapes are known as classifiers.
The word "predicate" can mean "says something about."
When you sign a classifier in a way that "says something about" the referent, you are using a "classifier predicate."
Classifier predicates can include information about a referent's size, shape, movement, speed, orientation, or location.
When writing about classifiers we tend to use the letters "CL." For example, CL:3 refers to a classifier that uses the "3" handshape.
The CL:3 classifier represents a category of VEHICLES which can include things like cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles.
A few samples of classifiers:
CL:A Objects which do not move such as a house or other building, a statue.
CL:V Person standing upright, or an animal standing upright (using 2 V)
CL:1 An upright person or animal such as a bear or a primate walking on its hind legs.
CL:V (bent) A crouched or sitting person or animal.
CL:Y An aircraft with wings.
The truck just whizzed by.
The car hit a tree
he rode his bike over a cliff and survived.
Evel knievel rode his bike over 10 bikes in a row.
Use a classifier predicate to show the following:
A woman slipped on ice and fell on her head
A man walking by leisurely
A building just standing there
A boy standing looking at you
A crouched cat
Three airplanes sitting side by side on the runaway
A bus zooming past you as youíre driving
A car going over a bumpy road
A jogging man
A statue in the garden
A car coming to an abrupt stop
Several houses in a row
Bilingual/Bicultural Deaf Education:
Bilingual/Bicultural Education is a philosophy of instruction for deaf/hh (hard of hearing) children wherein you use a student's native/preferred language (ASL) as well as the target language (ENGLISH). You also make instructional choices that respect the Deaf studentís culture and communication needs as well as the mainstream culture.
The two main approaches to bilingual education are "Transitional" and "maintenance."
Directional Verbs: verbs which change the direction of their movement to indicate the subject and object (HELP, GIVE, SEND, TELL, SHOW, LOOK-AT, PAY, BORROW, TAKE, SUMMON, CHOOSE).
Ask or tell your friend: To choose a book
To help you cook
That you will pay the person next to you tomorrow
To show you her new home
If you can borrow her car
To choose the pink shoes
If person in front of you can take his book
To summon your mother
That she can take your magazine