Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
February 26, 2024


Entry ID Book Source Reference Gloss Author’s gloss Description Page URL
494Higgins (1923) SWEETHEARTMAKE LOVEMAKE LOVE: Both closed hands, palms inward, thumbs upward, the thumbs bow continually to each other. (The hands close together would indicate imprudent courtship) (Beau) (Sweetheart).88hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=494&refid=higgins1923
108Long (1918) SWEETHEARTMAKE LOVE TOMAKE LOVE TO: Hold the closed hands, the middle joints of the fingers of one against those of the other, thumbs up, in position of "A" except that they are raised above the forefingers and bent from the middle joint; wiggle both thumbs up and down. This sign is also used to indicate the individual object of one's affections, followed by sex sign. IV,47.24hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=108&refid=long1918
557Michaels (1923) SWEETHEARTSWEETHEARTSWEETHEART: 1. Pat the right hand under the forearm near the elbow. 2. Look pleased. Or (the new sign): 1. Put the knuckles of both hands together with the thumbs sticking up. 2. Wiggle or bow the thumbs alternately toward each other. Like sweethearts do their heads when conversing or courting.119hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=557&refid=michaels1923
Tag ID Signer(Year) Reference Gloss   Context Segment URL
183Gallaudet (1910) SWEETHEARTN/A1P-IX (neg)PURPOSE STORY ABOUT 3P-POSS(rt) LOVE SWEETHEART CONTINUE NEGATIVE19hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=gallaudet&glossid=183
395Gallaudet (1910) SWEETHEARTN/AAND(l-hand) TO THAT(2h) FEMALE ONCE J-O-H-N R-I-D-D(l-hand) HAPPEN 3P-POSS(lt) SWEETHEART WITH L-O-R-N-A PROGRESS SOME DILEMMA(rep2x,arc,rt-to-lt) 3P-SELF(lt) GO-TO(-to-rt) SEE~ASK-QUESTION(rep,-to-rt) THAT(1h,rt) FEMALE~OLD(2h) FOR HELP.37hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=gallaudet&glossid=395
418Gallaudet (1910) SWEETHEARTN/AAND THAT(1h,rt) FEMALE~OLD(nod,2h,rt) HELP(rep) J-O-H-N CAUSE(-to-lt) FEEL(2h) HEART STRONG FOR SWEETHEART L-O-R-N-A CONTINUE(1h,l-hand)38hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=gallaudet&glossid=418