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From:  Cecelia Smith
Date:  Sun Dec 12, 1999  5:11 pm
Subject:  Re: Writing Legs & Feet

I have to admit....I never used to think that the feet really were important
to writing signs in ASL, however, I did interpret a seminar once, given by a
very well educated, very fluent Deaf man.

Towards the end of a very intensive hour, someone asked him an exceptionally
controversial question, and he knew there was no time to get into that topic.
As he thoughtfully stroked his chin, he made a half step forward, tapped his
toe down, and brought it back, then moved on to the next question.

I was flummoxed. I KNEW that he had just said something, but I had no clue
what...I had never seen anything like that before in my life!...and had to
have it explained to me. Luckily, 2 Deaf folks in the audience saw my
confusion and helped me out and provided a signed English translation for me

"That is a very controversial topic, and I really can't go into it right

Talk about WOW! I never would have figured that one out in a million years!
Since then, I have seen it several times, always in similar settings....and
always meaning the same. In Seattle, WA DC, Virginia, and from Deaf people
from Georgia, California, and Wisconsin. So...although it was a sign I was
never taught...It is a sign. And if you can't use will never show
up in sign writing!

Anyway, that's my two cents.

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2463 Re: Writing Legs & Feet Valerie Sutton Mon  12/13/1999

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