Fingerspelling is the letter representation of each of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. The use of fin-gerspelling is limited in ASL. It is primarily used to communicate places and names when no formal recognized signs exist. Fingerspelling has very specific rules and only represents about 10 percent of the language's overall elements. However, mastering the manual alphabet is an important complement to ASL. This skill will assist you in understanding the handshapes of the signs you will learn throughout this book. In this chapter, you will find fingerspelling exercises to help you master the manual alphabet.

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