How to sign principal in American Sign Language

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Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of you with your dominant hand above your non-dominant hand. The middle finger of your dominant hand should be facing down. Raise your dominant hand slightly up and then bring it down until your middle finger is in contact with the back of your non-dominant hand.


Example Video

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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of principal

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of principal

End of Sign

Final Frame of principal

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for principal
Extend the index and middle fingers in a 'V' shape, tucking the thumb in between the index and middle fingers, and folding the ring and pinky fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for principal
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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