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From:  Wayne in Maine
Date:  Mon Feb 14, 2000  11:54 pm
Subject:  Re: More on the A-dot handshape

Valerie -
Thanks a million for your comments re the a-dot handshape. I somehow
got it into my head (for inexplicable reasons - perhaps my advancing age
[!]) that that particular symbol couldn't turn. You have reassured me that
my intuition was indeed correct on all counts.
BTW, the right-hand palm facing on TSL "name" is towards the body, not
the same as the left-hand, so I did indeed write it correctly.
Thanks so much for your help.
- Wayne

>From: Valerie Sutton
>Reply-To: SignWriting List
>To: SignWriting List
>Subject: Re: More on the A-dot handshape
>Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 06:42:24 -0800
>> 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
>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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