DCLs (Descriptive Classifiers)
Descriptive classifiers include the basic shapes that are used in sign language to describe shapes. They include the following
hand shapes: disc, sphere, cone, cube, and cylinder. To indicate size of the cylinders, a signer must use their mouth, a wide
open mouth indicating a thicker cylinder and a small closed mouth indicating a thinner cylinder.
ICLs (Instrument Classifiers)
ICLs are Instrument Classifiers that can be used to show how a person handles or manipulates an object.
Examples of ICLs include, pass, receive, toss, and catch.
ECLs (Element Classifiers)
ECLs are Instrument Classifiers that represent the movements of elements.
Examples of ECLs include the movement of air, smoke, water/liquid, rain, fire, and light, etc.
LCLs are Instrument Classifiers that tell the location of an objects, and/or its movement.
Examples of LCLs include: fast, pop fly, bulk and etc.
SCLs (Semantic Classifiers)
SCLs are Instrument Classifiers that describe where a person is located, where they moved, and/or how they move.
Examples of SCLs are fall forward, sit facing me, and lie on back, looking up.
BCLs (Body Classifiers)
These are primarily used to show how a person moves his/her body parts. They are used to describe a persons action.
You only use the upper part of your body to display the verb of the sentence
BPCLs (Body Part Classifiers)
BPCLs represent specific parts of the body. Legs and feet actions are emphasized. To describe these actions you would
use the BPCL hand shape to express running, jumping, crossing legs and etc. Facial expressions are used to emphasize how
the person does it, like they ran easily, in panic, etc.