Topic, Question AKA Long Yes/No Question

  • The order for these sentences is very specific. you must always do the following:
    • Time (if you have one: YESTERDAY, 2-MINUTE, NOVEMBER, VALENTINE’S DAY, 4 AFTERNOON)
    • Comma (if you had a time)
    • Topic (MY DOG, YOUR HOUSE, P-E-T-E-R, SCIENCE CLASS) (underlined)
    • Comma
    • Question (READY YOU, FINISH YOU, YOU WANT, GO-TO, CELEBRATE, LIKE)
    • Question Mark
  • 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 question if you are using the time as your question.
  • Examples:
    • Do you want to go to Starbucks?
      • STARBUCKS, YOU WANT GO-TO?
    • Will you eat a hamburger, french fries, and a milkshake?
      • HAMBURGER, FRENCH-FRIES, MILKSHAKE, YOU EAT?
    • Will you be wearing a pink tux to prom?
      • GO-TO PROM PINK TUXEDO, WEAR YOU?
  • 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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