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Basic Guide for Communication in Catalan Sign Language

3.2. Introducing Ourselves

Here we can practice introducing ourselves. First practice the handshapes seen in the photos to articulate the sign correctly. Then click on the video to see how the sign is formed:

When addressing each other, members of the Deaf Community do not refer to each other by name. They use another form more in accordance with the visual-gestural modality of their language: a name sign. This name sign usually highlights a physical trait of the person which everyone considers representative, although it can also be a hereditary sign, or related to the person’s place of origin, etc. In any case, the name sign is a visual way of referring to members of the Deaf Community, to people closely related to them, or to famous people who are mentioned frequently in conversations.

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