Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
February 21, 2024

Search: MOTHER

Entry ID Book Source Reference Gloss Author’s gloss Description Page URL
529Higgins (1923) MOMMOTHERMOTHER: Thumb tip of open hand at lower jaw, palm outward and fingers upward. (Mother-in-law: "Mother" "Law").94hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=529&refid=higgins1923
741Higgins (1923) STEP-MOTHERSTEP-MOTHERSTEP-MOTHER: Same as above (STEP-FATHER) but thumb tip on lower jaw instead of on temple.130hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=741&refid=higgins1923
80Long (1918) MOTHERMOTHER (2)There is also a common sign for "father" made by merely placing hand as indicated and then opening the fingers, keeping the thumb at forehead. In the case of mother, the thumb is left at the end of the jaw near the chin and the fingers are opened.21hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=80&refid=long1918
88Long (1918) MOTHER-IN-LAWMOTHER-IN-LAWMOTHER-IN-LAW: "Mother" and "law."22hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=88&refid=long1918
400Michaels (1923) FEMALE~gs:HOLD-BABYMOTHERMOTHER: 1. Make the sign for female. 2. Move both hands fingers closed to the left and upward. 3. Spread out the fingers as you make the movement upward.92hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=400&refid=michaels1923
Tag ID Signer(Year) Reference Gloss   Context Segment URL
53Dougherty (1913) MOTHERN/ATIME~SAME-AS(2h) 3P-POSS(lt) FEMALE~MARRY SLEEP IN NEXT ROOM PROGRESS NEAR MOTHER. 6hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=dougherty&glossid=53
116Dougherty (1913) MOTHERN/A3P-IX(rc,rf) PAY-ATTENTION SEEK+ WAY HELP MOTHER SUFFER-PAIN SEE~READ+ VARIOUS TRY THING.13hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=dougherty&glossid=116
256Dougherty (1913) MOTHERN/AFROM-THEN-ON DOCTOR 3P-SELF(lt) PUBLISH THAT(1h) C-H-L-O-R-O-F-O-R-M IN VARIOUS SICK(rf) VARIOUS(rf) MOTHER DIFFERENT(rf) DET-IX-PL pose:nod27hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=dougherty&glossid=256
306Dougherty (1913) MOTHERN/AFROM-THEN-ON(rf) FUTURE QUEEN V-I-C-T-O-R-I-A 3P-SELF(rt) LITTLE-BIT BECOME(bs:rt) MOTHER(bs:rt) 3P-POSS(rt) FEMALE~DOCTOR GET C-H-L-O-R-O-F-O-R-M cl-i:O(-from-nose)-to-cl-i:B(give-chloroform) BORN SUCCEED WITH TROUBLE(neg) PAIN(neg) gs:NOTHING(neg). 32hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=dougherty&glossid=306
157Hubbard (1913) MOTHERN/A3P-SELF gs:SWORN-IN(1h) BECOME PRESIDENT pn:AMERICA, 3P-POSS(lt) DO(lt) FIRST gs:WHAT, 3P-POSS(rt) LOVE OLD MOTHER gs:SIT(lt) pose:embrace-and-kiss-cl:S(head_lt) 16hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=hubbard&glossid=157