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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Feb 14, 2000  2:42 pm
Subject:  Re: More on the A-dot handshape

> Here's another GIF with some questions about the a-dot handshape when
>it's parallel to the floor. Should I be rotating the symbol so that looks
>more like the actual position of the thumb, or should I let the symbols be
>just that: symbols, that don't necessarily have to "look like" what they
>refer to?
> Thanks for your anticipated comments!
> - Wayne


Always try to write each sign as it looks....looking at your diagrams below:

The first one for "name" in TSL....If you were to open that handshape
into a flat hand temporarily, wouldn't the right hand have the same
palm facing as the left? If the answer is yes, then you need to have
a one-half dark, one-half light square...keeping the thumb
intuitively touching the palm of the other hand, just as you have it

The second one...I am a little baffled why you would think that the
one to the left is correct? It is most definitely not correct...the
one to the right is correct!

I would not be able to read the one to the doesn't make sense.

Every handshape can be, and is, rotated in 8 possible
directions....that is why the Lessons In SignWriting Textbook needs
to be translated into other signed languages, so you have examples in
your own signed language...then this would become more obvious to
you. Hope this has helped!

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