Time, Topic, Comment

  • The order for these sentences is very specific. you must always do the following:
    • Time (if you have one: YESTERDAY, 2-MINUTE BEFORE, NOVEMBER, VALENTINE’S DAY, TIME-4 AFTERNOON)
    • Comma (if you had a time)
    • Topic (MY DOG, YOUR HOUSE, P-E-T-E-R, SCIENCE CLASS) (underlined)
    • Comma
    • Comment (BROWN, COOL, ME LOST, MY FAVORITE, AWESOME)
    • Period
  • Sometimes your time can be the topic if the focus of your sentence is on the time or time period.
  • Sometimes your time can be the comment if you are using the time as your comment.
  • Non-Manuals
    • During the Topic:
      • Raise eyebrows
      • Tilt head slightly forward
    • Holds the last sign of the topic
    • Pause slightly between the topic and the comment
  •  Examples:
    • I love my ASL class.
      • #ASL CLASS, ME LOVE.
    • My mom gave me $100 to buy a prom dress.
      • BUY PROM DRESS, MOM GIVE-ME 100 DOLLAR.
    • I went to Disneyland and went on Space Mountain.
      • DISNEYLAND, ME RIDE SPACE MOUNTAIN.
  • Notice that the ASL gloss is all capitalized (to represent signs), has punctuation (a period) 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 period) at the end.
  • There is a # sign before a sign to represent that the sign is lexicalized (spelling all or most of the letters of the word in order to make a sign).

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