American Sign Language For Dummies with Online Videos, 3rd Edition
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In American Sign Language (ASL), turning a verb into a person is called personification. You do it with two simple motions: Sign the verb and then glide the heels of your hands down the sides of your body with your fingers extended outward. The result of this is an agent. Look at this list.

WRITE + AGENT = WRITER

asl-writer

FLY + AGENT = PILOT

asl-pilot

SUPERVISE + AGENT = SUPERVISOR

asl-supervisor

COOK + AGENT = CHEF

asl-chef

LAW + AGENT = LAWYER

asl-lawyer

MANAGE + AGENT = MANAGER

asl-manager

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Adan R. Penilla II, PhD, NIC, NAD IV, CI/CT, SC:L, ASLTA, teaches American Sign Language at Colorado State University and is a freelance interpreter for the Colorado court system. Angela Lee Taylor has taught ASL for Pikes Peak Community College and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.

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