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Valerie Sutton Date: Mon Feb 14, 2000 2:27 pm Subject: Re: Question about Adot 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 written correctly. (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!  

