Wh-Questions

  • Wh-Questions request information using a wh-sign (who, what, where, when, why, how, how-much/many).
  • Wh-signs are usually placed at the end of the sentence.
  • Non-Manuals
    • Squeeze/furrow eyebrows (think of a detective making a thinking face while saying “Hmmm . . . “
    • If the question is longer, you will hold the non-manuals only on the part of the question with the wh-sign.
    • If the question is shorter, you will hold the non-manuals for the whole sentence.
  •  Examples:
    • Where is Samuel?
      • S-A-M-U-E-L WHERE?
    • Who is your professor for ASL?
      • YOUR ASL PROFESSOR WHO?
    • Why did you leave early?
      • YOU LEAVE EARLY WHY?
  • 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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