Numbers 1-10 in ASL from here.
numbers in BSL are wrapped in a lot of dialect, is it the same in ASL?
To my understanding, not really, but there could be regional differences in the how the movement works for each number. For example, the way that I sign the number 10 is not in a single distinct motion, as the picture depicts; I shake the thumbs-up on its axis a few times.
The ASL counting system is actually one of the most complex things (linguistically speaking) I’ve ever encountered in that there are distinct movements for every number from 1-19, and then even certain movement rules are applied to multiples of 11 and also the specific numbers 67-69, 76-79, 86-89, and 96-98.
Anyone got a video link?
WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It begins on November 1st of every year and goes until 11:59 on November 30th. During this time, participants must write a novel that is at least 50,000 words.
If you win NaNoWriMo, you get some perks that are listed on the website each year. Examples include discounts on writing software, free downloads, and some free physical copies of your self published book.
There is also a related event called Camp NaNoWriMo. This is the same as NaNoWriMo, but with a few differences:
- Camp NaNoWriMo takes place in April and July.
- On the Camp NaNoWriMo website, you can be in “cabins" with other writers where you can chat and encourage each other to write.
- You can set your own word count goal for Camp NaNoWriMo.
FAQ ABOUT NANOWRIMO
Do I have to write a novel? Can I write an anthology of short stories?
While the original premise was to write a novel, you are free to write an anthology or short stories (or something similar) if you wish.
Does it have to be original fiction? Can I write fan fiction?
Again, the original premise was to write original fiction, but you can write fan fiction if you want.
Am I allowed to plan my story before November?
Yes! Writers are encouraged to prepare prior to NaNoWriMo.
Am I allowed to start writing my story before NaNoWriMo as long as I write an additional 50k words during November?
You’re supposed to start with a new story, but there’s no one to stop you from continuing an old story or even rewriting one.
Does my novel have to be 50,000 words, or can I go over?
You can definitely go over the word count.
PLANNING AND PREPARATION
If you’re prone to writer’s block, I highly recommend that you plan before you write:
- My Outlining and Planning Guide
- Name Generators for People, Places, and Things
- Naming Characters
- World Building
- Prepping For NaNoWriMo: The Outlining Stage
Otherwise, prepare mentally and physically for the challenge of writing a novel in a month. Plan out when you will write each day and for how long. Remember, you need at least 1667 words per day to reach the goal by the end of the month. Find a nice spot to write, have all your notes in order, and back up all your files. Here are some more tips and resources:
- My Preparation Advice
- Kris Noel’s Preparation Advice
- Create Your Own Writer’s Retreat
- Book Geek Confessions’ Prep Advice
One thing you need to avoid during NaNoWriMo is editing. If you edit while you’re trying to write, your writing will be slowed and you’ll fall behind. Just keep writing.
- Getting Started
- Writing the Beginning
- Writing the Middle
- Writing the End
- The Elephant Technique (for when you’re stuck with naming or describing something)
- Finishing Your Story
- Writing Playlists and Music
- Writer’s Block
- Writing Software and Websites
OTHER NANOWRIMO TIPS
- 10 NaNoWriMo Tips
- 20 Things You Should Know About NaNo
- NaNo Tips
- NaNoWriMo is Coming
- Writer’s Digest NaNoWriMo Tips
- Checklist for Nano
- Lots of NaNo Tips
- Word Count Widgets If You Don’t Like the NaNo Ones
AFTER NANO ENDS
So NaNoWriMo is over (or you’ve finished your novel) and now you have a rough draft of your manuscript. Here are some tips:
- Do not immediately send it to an agent or publisher. Tons of people start sending out their manuscripts right after NaNoWriMo and it’s a huge mistake because they’re not sending polished, ready-to-be-published manuscripts. They’re sending rough drafts they wrote quickly.
- Leave it alone before you start editing. Walk away from your manuscript and work on something else or take a break from writing. This break could be a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months. It depends on you. Then start editing once you’re fresh again.
For more on editing and publishing, see my How to Write and Publish a Novel page.
Did you know that, no matter the evidence, if a jury feels a law is unjust, it is permitted to “nullify” the law rather than finding someone guilty? Basically, jury nullification is a jury’s way of saying, “By the letter of the law, the defendant is guilty, but we also disagree with that law, so we vote to not punish the accused.” Ultimately, the verdict serves as an acquittal.
Haven’t heard of jury nullification? Don’t feel bad; you’re far from alone. If anything, your unfamiliarity is by design. Generally, defense lawyers are not allowed to even mention jury nullification as a possibility during a trial because judges prefer juries to follow the general protocols rather than delivering independent verdicts.
Surprisingly, the Supreme Court has routinely agreed that judges have no obligation to inform juries about jury nullification. Paradoxically, jury nullification is permitted to exist as an option to all juries, yet this option cannot be discussed in most courtrooms.
Jury nullification is undoubtedly feared because of its ability to upset the system. A jury that considers drug laws to be outrageous can nullify. A jury that is aware of the mass inequality in incarceration rates and believes a defendant was targeted via racial profiling can nullify. A jury that believes a harmless defendant is a victim of the prison industrial complex rather than a perpetrator can nullify. This counter-verdict exists so that citizens can right the wrongs inherent in our supposed “justice” system.
Of course, as the New York Times points out, jury nullification hasn’t always been used to “do good.” Historically, racist southern juries have nullified cases involving hate crimes and overly optimistic juries have nullified instances of police brutality, unwilling to fault police officers. However, if you agree that an informed jury can produce the correct verdict, nullification remains a valuable tool in the pursuit of justice.
40 days, 21 hours since Mike Brown was killed.
Darren Wilson testified in front of grand jury
St Louis Public Radio reports: If Officer Wilson Is Not Indicted, McCulloch Vows To Release Grand Jury Transcripts, Recordings
110 more days until Grand Jury deadline.
shockingly, kids are sick and tired of paying hundreds of dollars for overpriced stacks of paper!!!!!! who wouldve thought!!!!!!
As a teacher, I fully support this. Never pay for anything produced by a corporation, kids. Pay for independent presses and record labels, pay for Kickstarters and Indegogos you like, pay for delicious fresh food for yourself and the animals around you, pay for National Parks service, but never ever ever pay for college textbooks or major label entertainment.
Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Britney Spears has a labiolingual L.
Correction, after re-watching this video, it appears that she has labiolinguals in place of interdentals for [l], [θ], and [ð]. [l] appears to be the most consistently labiolingual. This video doesn’t show it, but there are also interview clips where she does it. Fascinating.
(HT Val Systems)