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Handshapes and Radicals

Auslan signs can blend with other signs or modify their movement to create a new meaning. The root sign, or in some cases location or hand shape in a location can thus be likened to kanji in Japanese (base level written word) that can be blended or added to, too change the meaning.

A "radical" (coming from "radix" meaning root in Latin) in linguistics is a root word, suffix or prefix that hold meaning and can be added to a word, or forms the root of a word that allows us to interpret meaning. For example unicorn, unicycle, an unique all have a meaning associated with one (uni meaning one or single)

By understanding the most popular radicals in Auslan you will start to be able to guess meanings of unfamiliar signs.

Sign for achieve
achieve
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Sign for agree
agree
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Sign for alone
alone
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Sign for angry
angry
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Sign for antelope
antelope
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Sign for appointment
appointment
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Sign for bad
bad
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Sign for bad luck
bad luck
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Sign for be patient
be patient
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Sign for best
best
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Sign for better
better
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Sign for big
big
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Sign for bird
bird
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Sign for brain
brain
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Sign for brain
brain
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Sign for brave
brave
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Sign for brilliant
brilliant
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Sign for budgerigar
budgerigar
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Sign for bull
bull
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Sign for bull
bull
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Sign for butterfly
butterfly
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Sign for camel
camel
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Sign for cat
cat
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Sign for cat
Cat
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Sign for cheetah
cheetah
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Sign for chicken
chicken
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Sign for chicken
chicken
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Sign for clever
clever
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Sign for climb
climb
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Sign for concern
concern
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Sign for concoct
concoct
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Sign for confusion
confusion
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Sign for conscience
conscience
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Sign for cow
cow
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Sign for cow
cow
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Sign for creative
creative
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Sign for crocodile
crocodile
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Sign for curious
curious
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Sign for curly horns
curly horns
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Sign for deer
deer
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Sign for dog
dog
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Sign for don't want
don't want
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Sign for dreadful
dreadful
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Sign for duck
duck
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Sign for echidna
echidna
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Sign for elephant
elephant
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Sign for emergency
emergency
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Sign for emu
emu
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Sign for expect
expect
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Sign for fantasy
fantasy
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Sign for feel
feel
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Sign for first
first
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Sign for first
first
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Sign for forget
forget
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Sign for forgetful
forgetful
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Sign for frog
frog
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Sign for frustrated
frustrated
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Sign for giraffe
giraffe
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Sign for good
good
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Sign for goodhearted
goodhearted
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Sign for goodhearted
goodhearted
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Sign for goose
goose
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Sign for gorilla
gorilla
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Sign for headache
headache
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Sign for heal
heal
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Sign for heavy
heavy
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Sign for hippopotamus
hippopotamus
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Sign for horse
horse
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Sign for how are you
how are you
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Sign for idea
idea
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Sign for idea
idea
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Sign for ill
ill
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Sign for imagine
imagine
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Sign for invent
invent
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Sign for invention
invention
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Sign for jump
jump
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Sign for kaka
kaka
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Sign for kangaroo
kangaroo
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Sign for kea
kea
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Sign for kind
kind
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Sign for kiwi
kiwi
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Sign for know
know
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Sign for like
like
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Sign for lion
lion
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Sign for little horns
little horns
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Sign for long horns
long horns
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Sign for love
love
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Sign for make up
make up
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Sign for monkey
monkey
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Sign for need
need
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Sign for okay
okay
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Sign for one
one
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Sign for only
only
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Sign for panda
panda
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Sign for panther
panther
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Sign for parrot
parrot
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Sign for parrot
parrot
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Sign for patience
patience
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Sign for penguin
penguin
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Sign for pig
pig
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Sign for quarrel
quarrel
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Sign for rabbit
rabbit
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Sign for rabbit
rabbit
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Sign for remember
remember
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Sign for rhinoceros
rhinoceros
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Sign for single
single
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Sign for sore
sore
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Sign for strawberry
strawberry
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Sign for stripy
stripy
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Sign for student
student
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Sign for surprise
surprise
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Sign for swan
swan
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Sign for swim
swim
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Sign for tall
tall
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Sign for teach
teach
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Sign for terrified
terrified
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Sign for think
think
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Sign for thoughtful
thoughtful
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Sign for tiger
tiger
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Sign for tired
tired
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Sign for tortoise
tortoise
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Sign for tusks
tusks
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Sign for upset
upset
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Sign for want
want
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Sign for worry
worry
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Sign for zebra
zebra
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