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Definition of the noun fingerspelling

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noun - plural: fingerspellings

  1. an alphabet of manual signs

Alternative definition of the noun fingerspelling


  1. The practice of representing the letters of the alphabet using just the hands to spell out words.
  2. Any system for representing the letters of the alphabet using just the hands.
  3. A representation of the spelling of a word using just the hands.

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Google previewUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Access to Today's Technologies (2015)

9th International Conference, UAHCI 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings by Margherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis

Fingerspelling is a manual system used by many signers for producing letters of a written alphabet to spell words from a spoken language. It can function as a link between signed and spoken languages. Fingerspelling is a vital skill for ...

Google previewDeafness and Mental Health (1994)

by John C. Denmark

Fingerspelling is a method of communicating verbal language by making different ...

Google previewThe Semiotics of Subtitling (2016)

by Zoe De Linde, Neil Kay

Fingerspelling is a manual system in which each letter of the alphabet is represented by a particular handshape. Thus the word: IF is recoded as follows: Fingerspelling is a unique aspect of BSL in that it is a manual version of written English ...

Google previewSign Language Made Simple (1997)

by Karen B. Lewis, Roxanne Henderson

Having said that, here arc some general guidelines for those instances when fingerspelling is the thing to do: names of...

Here are a few other things to remember about fingerspelling: 'Fingerspelling is a component of sign language, not a ...

Google previewThe Segment in Phonetics and Phonology (2015)

by Eric Raimy, Charles E. Cairns

Fingerspelling is used more frequently in asl than in other sign languages ( Padden 1991). Fingerspelling is a loanword system that has a form derived from the representation of English words through a series of apogees,1 each of which ...

Google previewWhat Is Sign Language? (2012)

by Deborah Kent

(Fingerspelling is a system for signing the letters of the alphabet to spell names and some words.) However, instead of spelling out the whole name, the signer may use a name sign. A name sign is usually given to a person by another deaf ...

Google previewForeign Vocabulary in Sign Languages (2001)

A Cross-Linguistic Investigation of Word Formation by Diane Brentari

Fingerspelling is the support required in the early stages, but it is the productive lexicon that carries the sign creation process through. If we look at the relatively new linguistic terminology, it is interesting to see how few of the terms that are now ...

Google previewThe Sign Language Interpreting Studies Reader (2015)

by Cynthia B. Roy, Jemina Napier

A range of mouthing during ASL interpretation ASL signs prefaced or followed by a fingerspelled word Fingerspelling is a system for representing the English alphabet manually by varying handshapes. It is used primarily to represent proper ...

Google previewSign Language and Linguistic Universals (2006)

by Wendy Sandler, Diane Lillo-Martin

Fingerspelling is a borrowed system dictated by orthography, which is itself parasitic on spoken language, and does not reflect the natural properties of sign language. Another argument for the separation between selected fingers and finger ...

Google previewTalking with Your Hands, Listening with Your Eyes (2003)

A Complete Photographic Guide to American Sign Language by Gabriel Grayson

Remember, fingerspelling is a Very effectiVe way to express words for which signs do not exist, and fingerspelled words can also substitute for signs you simply can't recall. Once you're ready to learn indicidual signs, you haVe seVeral options ...

Google previewMultimodal User Interfaces (2008)

From Signals to Interaction by Dimitros Tzovaras

Fingerspelling is a way to code the words with a manual alphabet which is a system of representing all the letters of an alphabet, using only the hands.

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Special Education (2004)

A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

Fingerspelling is the rapid execution of a series of these configurations to communicate words visually. As such, it is more a representation of written language than of spoken language because it excludes the phonological alterations and ...

Google previewAmerican Sign Language Dictionary (2008)

by Elaine Costello

Fingerspelling Expressive "Letters" from the manual alphabet are used to fingerspell words. Fingerspelling. an important tool for communication, supplements American Sign Language when a person does not know a sign, or no sign exists for ...


by Franz Pochhacker

Fingerspelling. ↑ SIGNED LANGUAGE INTERPRETING Fingerspelling as a mode of signing operates on the alphabetic level and represents individual letters of the Roman alphabet (Stokoe et al. 1965). Fingerspelled tokens, each of which is ...

Google previewThe Canadian Dictionary of ASL (2002)

by Carole Sue Bailey, Kathy Dolby, Hilda Marian Campbell, Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf

Fingerspelling. MOST ENGLISH WORDS have an ASL sign-equivalent. Others are finger- spelled. In ASL, a one-handed alphabet is used, as opposed to a two- handed alphabet, such as that used in Great Britain. For fingerspelled words, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Behavior (2012)

Fingerspelling. Many signing communities use a manual alphabet — a...

Google previewThe American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary (1998)

by Richard A. Tennant, Marianne Gluszak Brown

Reading fingerspelling seems to be more difficult for learners to master than doing the fingerspelling. Historically, the emphasis in instruction has been on expressing rather than receiving. This leaves many students without concrete advice on ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

In many parts of the world, Deaf people make use of a manual alphabet ( fingerspelling) which allows them to represent the text of the language of the hearing community. This may be used in educational settings and to introduce concepts ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2003)

Fingerspelling. Fingerspelling is ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Audiology (2003)

by Brad A. Stach

signal dactyl finger or toe dactyl speech fingerspelling; manual communication dactylology use of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Linguistics (2013)

by Philipp Strazny

Fingerspelling makes use of 26 handshape configurations that correspond to the English alphabet. Fingerspelling is more prevalent in ASL than in other signed languages of the world. It is primarily used to indicate proper nouns and technical ...

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Scrabble value of F4I1N1G2E1R1S1P3E1L1L1I1N1G2

The value of this 14-letter word is 21 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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