Learn Auslan pronouns. In Auslan, pronouns are not gender-specific. Mostly, they involve pointing at a person or object.
- Me (use this for ‘I’ as well)
- That/he/she/it (I show three examples of pointing.)
When using these words in conversation, point to the person or thing. If the person or thing is not there, invent a location for them in space and make sure you continue to point to the same spot for the rest of the conversation.
You might notice that it can be pretty hard to understand sign language if you come in on a conversation in the middle. That’s because often a speaker will set up spaces and words at the beginning of a conversation, and then just do a lot of pointing to convey meaning after that.
This post is part of my free online Auslan course. See the rest of the course here.
To learn more about what it is really like to be Deaf, details about the Deaf community and how Auslan is used by Deaf people, read my book, Future Girl.