Information-Seeking Questions

  • Information-Seeking Questions request the same information as Wh-Questions but imply the wh-sign rather than using any wh-signs (who, what, where, when, why, how, how-much/many).
  • The English translation of this sentence should include a wh-word (who, what, where, when, why, how, how-much/many).
  • Non-Manuals
    • Squeeze/furrow eyebrows (think of a detective making a thinking face while saying “Hmmm . . . “)
    • hold the non-manuals for the whole sentence.
  • Examples:
    • What time is it?
      • TIME?
    • Which color do you prefer?
      • COLOR YOU PREFER?
    • What was her name again?
      • HER NAME AGAIN?
  • Notice that the ASL gloss is all capitalized (to represent signs), has punctuation (a question mark) at the end, has dashes between the letters that are fingerspelled, and has a dash between the two words used in English to represent one sign in ASL.
  • The English is written with only the first letter capitalized and there is punctuation (a question mark) at the end.
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