What's Your Sign for Pizza?
An Introduction to Variation in American Sign Language
Figure 9. The project at a glance
In ASL, the sign deaf can be signed from the ear to the chin and also from the chin to the ear, as we mentioned earlier. In the course of our analysis, however, we discovered a third form of deaf, in which the index finger does not move down or up but simply contacts the lower cheek. These are all illustrated in Figure 10. The form of deaf that goes from ear to chin is called the citation form. This is the form that is usually found in sign language dictionaries and taught in sign language classes. The chin-to-ear and contact-cheek forms are known as noncitation forms. that is, they differ from the dictionary form in one or more respects.