FUNNY

FUNNY
English Equivalent: FUNNY
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Funny

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Savvy User Dorothy Savvy Guest
Friday, February 25, 2011

20 years ago I learned to sign 'fun' by brushing down the tip of the nose with the U hand, then changing to the Y hand, making it 'funny'. Is that old hat now?

Funny

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Savvy User Elizabeth Savvy Guest
Friday, September 16, 2011

Regional variation possibly, learned in CA that it is "fun" brushing down the tip of nose with U hand.

Inflections

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Savvy User Yaffabelle Savvy Guest
Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Inflections" are added to basic signs for a more exact expression. Some of the inflections are "ment", "ness", "er", "ing" "ly" just to name a few, and the "y" that Dorothy mentioned above. I have a list of them in one of my older ASL books. That book is dated 1989. I don't think inflections are used anymore.   I took ASL classes in Louisiana and we never used them. I know I'm replying to an old post; just wanted to share.

I think you are talking about suffixes in Signed Exact English...

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John @ Signing Savvy Savvy Admin
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

You may be talking about signs that were created for various Manually Coded English systems (SEE1, SEE2, LOVE). These are not actually inflections. In English they are not actually inflections. In English they are suffixes (-ed, -ing, -ly) which are well documented in various Signed English books. The ideas communicated by these suffixes are communicated in various ways in ASL. For example, past tense is shown with a tense marker.

suffixes

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Savvy User Yaffabelle Savvy Guest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yes, I was speaking of suffixes in Signed Exact English. The author of the book I was referring to called these suffixes "inflections". He had a list of suffixes (which he called inflections) and a picture and demonstration of how to sign each one. From what I understood he would sign "Fun" and immediately change to a "y" hand changing the sign to "Funny". He would sign "Cheereful" and immediately add his "ly" changing the sign to "Cheerfully". His "ly" was the ILY sign, palm facing outward, then the hand moves downward in a wavy motion. That's just a couple of his examples. In ASL classes we didn't sign in this manner.

Anyway I was just sharing what I observed from his book. I prefer my ASL books which demonstrate ASL word order over Signed Exact English books demonstrating English word for word.

yes...we agree...we prefer the ASL better as well.

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John @ Signing Savvy Savvy Admin
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yes, We figured what you were talking about was the Signed Exact English suffixes or inflections as they referred to them in your book.  However we prefer to follow the ASL path at Signing Savvy and do not use them.  Thank you.

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