Country Signs


Country signs are organized alphabetically. Major cities are categorized under the letter of their country.

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Jamaica »

Jamaica

Left closed "5" palm down, Right closed bent "5" curves around fingertips once

• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.
• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs). (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Information Technology Information Center. (2012). Signs for Countries: English-Speaking Countries in Japanese Sign Language. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
• Mikos, K., Smith, C., & Lentz, E.M. (1992). Signing Naturally, Level 2 [Video Tape]. United States: Dawn Sign Press.
• Walker, Julie (ASL Interpreter). (2009, September, 16). Personal communication about signs learned from a Deaf Jamaican man.
• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retrieved from Needs Outreach website.

Kingston

"K" touches chin then chest like BIRTHDAY

• Walker, Julie (ASL Interpreter). (2009, September, 16). Personal communication about signs learned from a Deaf Jamaican man.

Montego Bay

"M" circles (palm out) like MONDAY then transitions into a stationary "B"

• Walker, Julie (ASL Interpreter). (2009, September, 16). Personal communication about signs learned from a Deaf Jamaican man.

Japan »

Japan

(Indigenous to Japan & new ASL sign) - fingertips of "G" hands align to touch then hands pull apart while "G" fingers both pinch so that the index touches the thumb.
(Old ASL sign for Japan) - "J" hand touches twice the corner of dominant side eye.

• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). ASL for Countries and Geographical Areas. Needs Outreach.
• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Hallatlan Foundation (2005). [Hungarian] Geography Signs. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs). (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.
• Information Technology Information Center. (2012). Signs for Countries: English-Speaking Countries in Japanese Sign Language. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
• Jordaan, Braam. (Director). (2011). Sipho the Lion [DVD]. South Africa.
• Kuifje75 (Deaf). (2006, December 7). Asian Countries in ASL [YouTube]. (video no longer extant)
• Takagi, Moeko (Hearing Japanese woman, conversant in Japanese Sign). Personal communication, Spring 2009.
• Unification of Signs Commission of the World Federation of the Deaf. (1975).GESTUNO: International Sign Language of the Deaf. Great Britain: Hindson Print Group Newcastle upon Tyne.
• Walker, Steven (Gallaudet Deaf Interpreter). (n.d.). American Sign Language for Countries and Geographical Areas. Retreived from Needs Outreach website.

Hiroshima - (Japanese Sign Language) Fingertips of both palm-back "H" hands touch each other, then simultaneously transition sideways into fingertip up "U" hands, then simultaneously move down vertically to point downward

• Stringham, Doug (ASL & Deaf Studies Instructor). (2012). Email communication regarding his etymological research of indigenous signs for Japanese cities. Also see YouTube video.

Kobe - (Japanese Sign Language) "F" hand with palm-orientation back, moves from non-dominant side of the forehead to the dominant side of the forehead

• Stringham, Doug (ASL & Deaf Studies Instructor). (2012). Email communication regarding his etymological research of indigenous signs for Japanese cities. Also see YouTube video.

Kyoto - (Japanese Sign Language) Both "L" hands face down and palms back, punch the air twice

• Stringham, Doug (ASL & Deaf Studies Instructor). (2012). Email communication regarding his etymological research of indigenous signs for Japanese cities. Also see YouTube video.
• Takagi, Moeko (Hearing Japanese woman, conversant in Japanese Sign). Personal communication, Spring 2009.

Nagoya - (Japanese Sign Language) Both index fingers pointing up & facing each other at head height move down and to the sides into "X" handshapes

• Stringham, Doug (ASL & Deaf Studies Instructor). (2012). Email communication regarding his etymological research of indigenous signs for Japanese cities. Also see YouTube video.

Osaka - (Japanese Sign Language) Slightly bent "V" taps at the dominant side temple several times

• Stringham, Doug (ASL & Deaf Studies Instructor). (2012). Email communication regarding his etymological research of indigenous signs for Japanese cities. Also see YouTube video.

Sapporo - (Japanese Sign Language) Fingers of the "4" hand with thumb pointing down pulls back twice over the fingers of non-dominant "4" hand with thumb pointing down

• Stringham, Doug (ASL & Deaf Studies Instructor). (2012). Email communication regarding his etymological research of indigenous signs for Japanese cities. Also see YouTube video.

Tokyo - (Japanese Sign Language) Both "L" hands at side of the head, palms out, punch the air twice

• Granada, José (2007). Cities, States, and Countries [DVD]. United States: Filmsmith Productions.
• Stringham, Doug (ASL & Deaf Studies Instructor). (2012). Email communication regarding his etymological research of indigenous signs for Japanese cities.
• Takagi, Moeko (Hearing Japanese woman, conversant in Japanese Sign). Personal communication, Spring 2009.
Also see YouTube video.

Jordan »

Jordan - Tip of "L" thumb touches middle of forehead

• ArabicSignLanguage. (2010, November 6). Arabic Sign Language لغة لإشارة [YouTube].
• Bothel, Kelly, & Webb, Alaina. (2009). Proceedings from the 2009 Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference: Social Studies in a Post 9/11 World: Vocabulary and Concepts You Can Use. South Padre Island, Texas.
• Hassan, Nabil Mohammed. (2007). Arab indicative dictionary. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
• Hedberg, Tomas & Japan Institute for Sign Language Studies. (2003). Países (Country Name-Signs) [PDF] . (Yutaka Osugi, Ed.). Japan: World Federation of the Deaf.

Amman - Tip of thumb touches STONE (palm-down "S")

• Bothel, Kelly, & Webb, Alaina. (2009). Proceedings from the 2009 Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference: Social Studies in a Post 9/11 World: Vocabulary and Concepts You Can Use. South Padre Island, Texas.
• Hassan, Nabil Mohammed. (2007). Arab indicative dictionary. Retrieved August 7, 2009.