Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The use of AND and OR in ASL?

Can someone help me out with a curiosity I have please? My ASL class has been going now for about 4 weeks and I am thoroughly enjoying it, but I don't understand the use of AND and OR in ASL (or if they are omitted).

Are they used, or is the meaning conveyed otherwise using non-manual markers or different syntax? For example, in English I would say something like "Would you like coffee, soda, or tea?". In ASL would I sign somthing like "You want coffee soda tea which?".

Can any native signers tell me how you would phrase this in sign please?

I appreciate any help!!


A Deaf Pundit said...

You would index it... You could say, You want which, coffee, soda, tea?

The indexing is using your fingers in a numerical manner.

Deb Ann said...

Yes, something like that. ;)