Sign Language Course – 4th lesson report

We learned some interesting aspects about sign language in our latest class in DGS (German Sign Language). One aspect was the determination of different mimics in different context (e.g. question, doubt, command,…). On the bottom of this post you find an excerpt of the list (in german).
Besides we learned some geografic gestures (countries, cities, languages…), e.g. the gesture for “Sao Paulo” is a stylized gunshot against the head. We also learned some gestural descriptions for typical school subjects. I’ll try to describe some of them:

. Music (looks like conducting)
. Mathematics (reminds of those old-fashioned slide-rules/calculators)
. German (one finger on top of the head, reminds of the german/prussian spike helmet)
. Art (drawing in the air with the finger-gesture “K” (for “Kunst”, german word for Art))
. Physic (symolized +/- particles)
. Painting (looks like painting in the air)
. Writing (looks like writing)
. Reading (two bent fingers (eyes) scanning a virtual text an the other flat hand)
. Chemistry (looks like simultaneosly spilling two test-glasses)
. Biology (moving two circled fingers, reminds of either a stethoscope or the little moving things you see when you look through it )
. Geography (a globe formed by the two hands)
. Turkish (a halfmoon on top of the head).

And here is the list for the mimics, mentioned above (in german):

W-Fragemik: Leicht gesekte und zusammengezogene Augenbrauen, neutral bis gehobene Kopfstellung.

Ja/Nein-Fragemimik: In der Regel angehobene Augenbrauen, Kopf nach vorn und leicht gesenkt.

Verneinung: Kopfschütteln.

Bestätigung: Kopfnicken.

Bekräftigung: ausgeprägtes, wiederholtes schnelles Nicken.

Überraschungsmimik: gehobene Augenbrauen, manchmal offener Mund.

Zweifelsmimik: Stark zusammengekniffene Augenbrauen.

Befehlsmimik: Gesenkte Augenbrauen und einmaliges Nicken.

Stay tuned for our next lesson reports!

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