|SignWriting List Forum|
Wayne in Maine |
Date: Fri Nov 12, 1999 5:17 am
Subject: Compound signs in ASL
Was interested in the four different ways of writing DOG in ASL.
Essentially I saw:
1. finger snapping
2. striking twice on the leg
3. striking twice on the leg followed by finger snapping, and
4. ditto with the ## symbols written to the left of the handshape
I have a couple of questions, and a comment.
Q1: How would one indicate repeated finger snapping (say, twice)?
Q2: Is the "double bar" the standard method of indicating a sign signed
below the waist? I'm guessing the lower bar means "waist".
Q3: Is there any difference in articulation when the ## is placed to the
right or to the left of the handshape? (My guess is: no.)
Now the comment: I recall from my own research into compounds in both
ASL and TSL that signs with repeated segments generally lose the repetition
when they form part of a compound. Thus, the double striking on DOG2, or
the double snapping that I use on DOG1, would both be made single in either
of the compound forms: DOG3 and DOG4. As such, then, the way I normally
sign DOG is not actually listed among the four variations that Valerie sent.
Am I "signing it wrong" or is there something to that principle?
>From: Valerie Sutton
>Reply-To: SignWriting List
>To: SignWriting List
>Subject: Different Sign Spellings: ASL sign "dog"
>Date: Thu, 11 Nov 1999 12:45:13 -0800
>Spelling 4 attached
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