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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Jun 16, 2000  3:07 pm
Subject:  Re: feedback on Irish Blessing

At 9:56 PM -0700 6/15/00, Joe Martin wrote:
>I had no trouble reading the sign for "deep" It does seem kind of like
>the arrow is coming from the left hand, but the arrowhead clears that up.
>But I guess my knowledge of ASL
>tells me how it goes even though personally I sign it a little bit

SignWriting List
June 16, 2000

Yes. Once again your prior knowledge of ASL, Joe, gave you the
assumption that it was the sign for "deep", as well as the English
words that accompanied the poem. You saw the word "deep", and since
the writing was very close to the way you sign "deep" you didn't
notice the details.

Actually, from a purely technical perspective, Stefan was correct
that is was impossible to do what was written. The palm of the left
hand was shown facing up, and the movement of the right hand looked
like it was piercing the left hand and going through it somehow. Just
a simple change in palm facing of the left hand from overhead view to
palm facing the chest, would make it more readable.

And this issue starts questions about writing depth...showing one
hand moving in front of the other and so forth...

So before we get into that issue, I think I would like to ask Charles
what he wanted for the sign for "deep". Please read the attached
diagram. Do you want the left palm facing the ceiling? Or do you want
the left palm facing the chest? Is the down motion happening in front
of the left palm?

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