Chapter 6: Sentence Types
Baker, C. & Cokely, D. (1991). American Sign Language: A Teacher’s Resource Text on Grammar and Culture. (Pages 121 - 174) Clerc Books: Gallaudet University. Washington DC.
• A signers facial, eye gaze and head behaviors are indicators within ASL as to the function of the sentence. In ASL there are three basic sentences which are statement, questions and commands.
• Statements are the most visually simple to recognize. The absence of any special signal can indicate that it is a declarative sentence.
There are two types of questions in ASL. Yes/No questions or WH-word questions
Commands are sentences that order the addressee to do something. This is usually identified by a direct eye gaze.
• Finally, I will demonstrate the three different forms of sentences. In the statement sentence I will demonstrate how it will contain no questions, commands or conditionals.
Reflection: This chapter was the toughest for me. Key words and terms were hard for me to explain, for example, grammatical phrases. However, I managed to make it through. Thank you for being such a down to earth teacher. Happy holidays!