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What's Your Sign for Pizza? An Introduction to Variation in American Sign Language

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Figure 10. Three variants of deaf

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Clip 5. We see four examples of deaf on the CD: (1) The woman on the right signs boston deaf club (an older form of the sign for “club,” which looks like set-up), with deaf moving from ear to chin; (2) the man in the middle signs deaf help, deaf support, with the contact-cheek form of deaf; (3) the man signs find deaf, pick++, with the chin-to-ear form of the sign; and (4) the woman on the left signs know pro.1 (“me”) deaf, also with the chin-to-ear form.

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