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From:  Ingvild Roald
Date:  Sun Jul 2, 2000  12:06 pm
Subject:  Re: wh-questions

This a special question, and in Norwegian SL it also has the raised eybrows,
sort of polite. Other wh-questions are asked with the brows down


>From: Joe Martin
>Reply-To: SignWriting List
>To: SignWriting List
>Subject: wh-questions
>Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 21:55:02 -0700
>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
>these Wh-questions)
> 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

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