Date: Thu Feb 3, 2000 5:13
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: single and double finger movements
>So in order to avoid guessing there is no way to write the same
>thing (#2) with dots ? Is that right? I myself feel much more
>comfortable with start -and-end position.
Stefan is referring to the attached .GIF less026.gif.
Yes..that is right. The dark dot means "squeezing" or closing the
middle joint. The movement can finish in a fist, but it can also
finish in a claw. Examples 2, 3 and 4 show three different ways the
first example can be read....
Now...there are several ways to be very accurate. One of them is to
write the beginning and ending positions - then you do not need the
dot at all, because you can see what happens.
But if you choose to use the dot, I would suggest placing it on the
ending position, and throw out the beginning position. Then you will
know how you finish, and assume that you have to start with straight
fingers to move into the squeeze.
There are times when the dots are really useful...for example when
the movement is "close-close"...in other words "double" closings. But
single closings are not the same - they really don't need the dot, if
you write the beginning and ending positions.
So I would suggest using the dots for "double" movement, and for
single movement, just write the beginning and ending positions...