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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Jun 14, 1999  10:03 pm
Subject:  writing "the back of the head"


> Also, how does one indicate signs that are made on the back of the
>head?

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Hi Everyone!
Writing signs that "relate to the back of the head" are written with a
"head circle in parentheses".

You can see this symbol on our web site:

Back of Head
http://www.SignWriting.org/face004.html

If the parentheses are around the circle for the head, then the signs are
done "relating to the back of the head". If the parentheses are placed
around the shoulder line, then the signs are done "relating to the back of
the shoulders".

If parentheses are placed around a series of signs in a row, then all of
those signs are done "relating to the back of the body", probably signed
behind your back. Kind of hard to imagine, but it could happen in Sign
Language theater, or if you are trying to whisper (grin).

In DanceWriting, parentheses placed around a series of dance steps implies
that the dancer turned and faced the other direction while dancing - in
other words - turned his or her back to the audience :-)

Valerie :-)

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Valerie Sutton

SignWriting

http://www.SignWriting.org

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Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
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