WRITING ASL GRAMMAR
LESSON ONE: TOPICS
by Dr. Karen van Hoek
signed in ASL by
George 'Butch' Zein
Edited by the DAC
American Sign Language (ASL) uses facial expressions
to convey grammatical information. For example, a topic is basically
"what the sentence is about". In ASL, there is a special
construction in which the topic is placed at the beginning of
the sentence. A special facial expression is used along with the
topic. The eyebrows are raised.
"Fish, I like trout."
"I like trout."
"That car there, I want to buy it."
"I want to buy that car."