Expansion in ASL, also called contextualizing, refers to the amount of detail or information conveyed to clarify a topic. This discourse style of ASL uses frequent expansion techniques, and it’s this process, which makes American Sign Language visually dynamic. This course will explain each of the 7 expansion techniques of ASL. You'll learn how they are most commonly used and learn how to incorporate them into your own use of ASL.
There are 7 commonly used expansion techniques in ASL. They are as follows:
Definition: One idea is expressed using a series of descriptive signs.
Definition: A sign or phrase is repeated. The repetition may be immediate or occur at the start and end of the sentence.
Definition: Three dimensional space is critical in the description of events in ASL because signing takes place within this space.
Definition: When a term or concept requires elaboration, examples can be used to explain the idea further.
Definition: Background information is added to a concept to make it clear.
Definition: The action is first describes then acted out by role shifting to a first person perspective.
There are 7 commonly used ASL expansion techniques. They are as follows:
Definition: Two contrasting ideas are juxtaposed to emphasized what is being asserted.