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1 Directional Verbs The use of directional verbs in British Sign Language (BSL)

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1 1 Directional Verbs The use of directional verbs in British Sign Language (BSL)

2 2 What are Directional Verbs? Directional verbs are used in BSL to show…. Who ↔ did what to ↔ whom through their movement, the shape of the sign stays the same but its movement and orientation change. Examples: Sally posted me a birthday card I fly home tomorrow Alex teased me

3 3 How do you use directional Verbs? Directional verbs movement change direction to identify the subject and object of the verb. Example: I’ll help – hands move from the signer help me – hands move towards the signer I’ll help Help me Signer

4 4 How do you use Directional Verbs? Directional verbs orientation also changes to identify he subject and the object of the verb. Example; I threw the ball to Tim Tim threw the ball to me signer

5 5 Example of Directional Verbs “My dad phoned me and asked me to help him buy a Christmas present for my Mum” Me Phoned asked help Dad Mum Buy

6 6 List of Directional Verbs Tease Throw Visit Show Explain Ignore Arrive Watch Shout Pay Give Help Interrupt Borrow Post Bring Fly Ask Noticed Phone


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