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Valerie Sutton |
Date: Mon Feb 14, 2000 2:27 pm
Subject: Re: Question about A-dot handshape
February 14, 2000
Hi Wayne - In regards to your diagrams below....All handshapes in
SignWriting can rotate into 8 different angles or positions. That is
what makes it such an intuitive writing system. We try to make signs
look the way they really look in real life, when possible. There are
some exceptions of course, but just know that is our goal.
1. So looking at your examples below, "thumbing a ride" ....it would
have to be your diagram to the right...you have to write the thumb
going in the proper direction...otherwise no one could read the sign.
That handshape can rotate in 8 possible directions.
2. The sign for "refuse" below is correct only because if you
straightened the hand it would become a flat hand and the palm facing
would be correct in the flat hand, so based on that rule, it is
(You don't have to tell me...I know that in real life the thumb is
really projecting towards the reader....to be visually perfect we
would have to place a dot in the center of the square showing the
projection of the thumb towards the reader, but that means there
would be added symbols to the symbol set, so instead we chose to do
the above in #2. That could always be changed, but it means adding a
lot more symbols.)
3. The sign for "drunk" would have to be your example to the right -
always do what is intuitively correct when at all possible!