Date: Sat Jul 1, 2000 4:55
SignWriting List Forum
Message 2748 in the archives has a gif of the ASL sentence meaning
"what is your name" written in the signWriting script. It shows raised
eyebrows accompanying the sentence. I am confused by this.
ASL--and I believe other signed Languages as well---raises the eyebrows to
indicate a question that can be answered with a Yes or No
However for other types of questions--ones that must be answered by giving
information--the brows are lowered rather than raised. (in English we call
So the rule is; Yes-No--brows up; Wh--brows down.
For this sentence then the brows should be down, not up as shown. I can
kind of see it being signed either way, I guess. I have wondered what
other people think about this.
Joe Martin, Plain Old Ordinary Student
Top Left Corner USA