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From:  Stefan Woehrmann
Date:  Tue Aug 8, 2000  11:07 pm
Subject:  Re: writing of left or right angle hand positions

Hello Charles, Valerie and everyone,

thank you very much for your feedback. I have to admit that my English isnīt
good enough to understand completely what you tried to explain. Nevertheless
I sat down to write an exercise which should demonstrate what I learned from
your feedback.
First stage 5 fingers- hand . Huhu here I can identify the thumb - so next

make a flat hand

next step bent the fingers at the knuckles (thumb and fingers point at the
same direction!!)

Here we are with step by step "constructed" angle hands and hopefully
well-placed bent fingers. ??

----- Original Message -----
From: Charles Butler
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2000 1:08 AM
Subject: Re: writing of left or right angle hand positions

> Excellent exercises, Stefan.
Yes I agree. I love the "SignoEscritura" book of the Parkhursts very much.
They did a great job. I look at it very often and there is still so much to
learn. ;-)

> I can at least understand the confusion between right and left hands here,
> but the switching occurs when you have a hand with fingers on both sides
> the hand sticking out, like the angle hand with the thumb.

My first idea was to discuss the different ways the Parkhurst and Valerie
wrote the same position. Knowing that Valerie agrees with the writing of the
Parkhursts - I am on my way to understand better now.
The demonstrations in the "Lessons in SignWriting" - book chapter 3 group 5
; page 45 are written differently - (a mixture of left and right hands)

Once you have accepted this writing of the Parkhursts ( i.e. the bent
fingers on that side where you can identify the thumb in case of stretching
the fingers ) it has been confusing as far as I often didnīt know where to
place the bent fingers at the different orientations of the hand.

The thumb must
> be on the side of the hand where it appears alone, like the fingers in an
> angle hand with the thumb sticking out. One can easily follow the thumb
> it appears alone.

I guess that this helped me through if I understood what you tried to
explain. I "constructed" the gif this way.
Do you agree ??

When it appears as a wedge hand, or a C, or a hook, then
> one must follow the majority of the fingers and switch them from the left
> the right side of the page accordingly. It gets a bit confusing, but it
> logical.

Yes - looking at the exercise of the Parkhursts and reading this advice
several times I get the idea.

Watch out for the thumb. He is the King .;-) If the other fingers go along
in the same orientation - no problem - write them at the same side. If the
thumb points not along with the fingers you have to pay attention . I will
work on that and will present some days later another exercise. ;-)

what about if the hands are not straight forward or back

next message will show another gif

Stefan ;-)

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