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[fing-ger-spel-ing] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌspɛl ɪŋ/
the communication in sign language of a word or other expression by rendering its written form letter by letter in a manual alphabet.
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[fing-ger-spel] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌspɛl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to communicate by fingerspelling.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One module also focuses on developing receptive and expressive fingerspelling skills.
  • Materials available for use by student interpreters for fingerspelling, voice translating, and sign practice.
  • Participants should have a general knowledge of deaf culture, fingerspelling and basic vocabulary.
  • Manual communication involves signs and fingerspelling.
  • It is a visual-gestural language that uses facial expression, spatial markers, fingerspelling and signs.
  • fingerspelling must not be used to administer items that require the student to demonstrate the skill of spelling.

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