We’ve created a video that explains the ASL digibet. In a nutshell:
– A digit represents a handshape.
– The ASL digibet collects 30 of the most commonly used handshapes.
– More digits are in the extended digibet, because they are either specialized in their usage and/or infrequently used. (This extended digibet may change over time.)
The digibet and the extended digibet are also available for download here.
Many thanks to Julia Dameron and Erik Call for their excellent work on the handshape photographs!