19.26 Inflectional Morphology

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This includes grammatical information. A sign may stay the same but you can make changes, which adds more information and alters the meaning. Signs can be changed to show timing, number or person. For example, the sign 'TYPING', can be speeded up to show that the person is typing in a hurry. The meaning is altered by a change in the speed of the sign. Another example is the sign, 'ASK'. If you sign 'ASK' once, it means you are asking one person, if you repeat the sign then two people have been asked. If the sign is repeated up to 3 times, or moves from left to right (or right to left) in the signing space then it shows more than 2 people have been asked. The sign is the same but is inflected to show extra information.

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