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Meeting One Another

Now let’s take a look at a dialogue between two people who are meeting each other for the first time. Watch the dialogue once without audio or closed captions (you can control sound and closed captioning in the bottom right of the video), then again with the audio turned on. How much did you understand?

You can find the gloss for the dialogue below.

ENGLISH ASL GLOSS
Hello. WAVE-”hi”
Hi. How are you?                                   y/n-q
WAVE-”hi”. HOW+YOU?
I’m fine. How are you?                  nod              y/n-q
PRO-1 FINE. HOW+YOU?
I’m good. My name is Debbie.                  nod
PRO-1 GOOD. POSS-1 NAME fs-DEBBIE
My name is James.                  nod
(acknowledge). POSS-1 NAME fs-JAMES
Nice to meet you, James.                  nod
(acknowledge) NICE MEET+YOU
Nice to meet you too. (lit., Me too.)                  nod
SAME-AS-ME
Where are you from?                                   wh-q
PRO-2 FROM WHERE?
I’m from Los Angeles. And you? PRO-1 FROM #LALA CALIFORNIA.
                                  wh-q
PRO-2 FROM WHERE?
I’m from New York City. PRO-1 FROM #NYC
Are you Deaf?                  y/n-q
PRO-2 DEAF?
No, I’m hearing. Are you Deaf or hearing?         neg                  affirm
NO. PRO-1 HEARING.
                                                   wh-q
PRO-1 DEAF-left HEARING-right WHICH?
I’m Deaf.                  affirm
PRO-1 DEAF