Indigenous signs for cities in the Russian Federation (Российской Федерации)
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Explanation of glossing system used
(to understand how I describe the signs in this dictionary)
- Chelyabinsk (Челябинск)
- [horns], PO down, FO > NDS, touch forehead, then chin.2
- Donets'k (Донецк)
- Tap chest with heel of [B], PO up.2
- Kharkiv (Харьков)
- [L:], PO towards, is held high and circles horizontally.2 (< BOSS, because the train would stop there for the factory.)
- Kiev (Киев)
- [V:] taps cheek.2
- Leningrad (Ленинград)
- (1) (2h), PO ><, DH closer to body, wg while passing each other.1 [< soldiers marching past Lenin's tomb?] (2) [O^] touches chin, then touches NDH [B], PO up, FO away. [< Lenin's beard and the sign GRAD ("city").]2
- Lvov (Львов)
- , touches shoulder and ascends while closing to [O^] 3x.1
- Moscow (Москва)
- [A] strikes palm side to cheek twice.2 For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see Woordenboek Nederlands - Vlaamse Gebarentaal: Moskou.
- Nizhily Novgorod, formerly Kubijschev (Новгород)
- , PO > NDS, touches temple and wiggles fingers.2
- Odessa (Одесса)
- Index finger flicks against thumb at NDS shoulder.2
- Petropavlosk-Kamchaskiv (Петропавловск)
- , PO > NDS, touches NDS of chin with thumbside of index finger, then is drawn across the mouth while closing to [O^].2
- St. Petersburg (Санкт-Петербурге)
- (1) [5:] touches ND shoulder with FO > NDS.2 [from the epaulettes on the shoulders of the czar.] (2) (2h)[B], POs > signer, FOs > opposite side, interlink thumbs and abruptly swing the FTs to point upwards while the thumbs are still linked.2 (< the imperial eagle.)
- Tashkent (Ташкент)
- [open 8] grasps wrist of NDH and pivot DH greatly.2 (< the bracelets worn by women in the region.)
- Tblissi (Тбилиси)
- (2h), PO down, stroke chest with thumbsides.2 (< big belts.)
- Yekaterinburg, Gaky (Екатеринбург)
- [X], PO > NDS, twists around nose while maintaining contact.2 (< the suffering due to bitter winters.)
List of sources cited
1. Signs around the world: Cities [Videotape]. Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media.
2. Arkady Belozovsky (native sign informant), personal communication, 1998.