How to sign emphasize in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin with the thumb of your dominant hand against the palm of your non-dominant hand. Keep your thumb in place and rotate your wrist so that your hand moves down.


Example Video

Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of emphasize

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of emphasize

End of Sign

Final Frame of emphasize

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for emphasize
Make a fist with all fingers folded into the palm, and extend the thumb straight out to the side.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for emphasize
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

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