The handshapes of instrumental classifier show how an object is being handled, held, or used. E.g. using a tool, holding a book, cutting with a knife, pushing a button, lifting a jar lid, pulling a nail, etc.
E.g. walking with a dog (CL:T2-holding-leash), vacuuming (CL:T2), pouring (CL:Y), etc.
A verb may be blended with a classifier (depiction). For example, the ASL verb MOVE sometimes can be modified with a classifier. E.g. CL:C for moving a cup or container.
Not all verbs can be used with a classifier.
New to sign language? "Where do I start?" or "How do I start learning sign language?" This ASL Rookie guide lists some selected links to the tutorials for ASL beginners to get started and keep rolling. It may be useful for intermediate-level learners and ASL students to review as well.
Some tutorial pages are a mix of free and premium versions. Access to premium content and links below are available in the PatronPlus subscription. More links/posts will be added from time to time.
Are you able to carry everyday conversations in ASL? Are you a student in the intermediate levels and beyond, who wishes to boost up your signing skills? You've come to the selected tutorial series. (Some premium content are available to PatronPlus membership.)