Grammar: Descriptors and Adjectives

In ASL, when using signs that describe, native users often start with the "big picture" and give details later. For example, a person describing a car might first sign CAR and then use signs that talk about its color, size, and shape. Watch the video below from ASL Tree.

Notice the order of the signs he uses:

MAN WHITE MEDIUM-HEIGHT AVERAGE-WEIGHT SHOULDERS-LARGE

HE HAIR BLACK CL:4 (spiked hair) CL:G (short hair)

EYES BLUE

SHIRT SHORTSLEEVE BLACK

JEANS PANTS JEANS

As an example: notice he signs HAIR and then the color BLACK. He signs MAN beofre he signs WHITE or describes his weight and height. This is a very common way of describing things in ASL: noun first, adjective second.