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From:  Charles Butler
Date:  Fri Oct 13, 2000  9:48 am
Subject:  Re: QUESTION: Curves Forward & Down

Oddly enough, I have to think that A is the better sign, not because of the
shape of the hand but where the arm must be for it to be the right hand
moving. I think OUT of the body if the movement of the hand is a rotation
on the wrist as well as up and down. For my writing, I divide the body down
the center. If the movement is up and down and the palm facing changes, as
I read the sign, it is complimentary to the side of the body that the arm is
coming from.

The curve B, I would expect on the other hand, on the outside of the body to
the LEFT.

I think drawing INTO the center, not away from the center.


----- Original Message -----
From: Valerie Sutton
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2000 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: QUESTION: Curves Forward & Down

> >>>>In "A" it seems that the movement slightly contradicts the
> >>>>position of the hand. The hand point left, the arrow curves
> >>>>right. In "B", the arrow seems to complement the hand as both
> >>>>are orientated left. While the sign itself may be made purely up
> >>>>and down without any left or right movement, having the arrow
> >>>>complement the hand symbol seems more supportive of whatever
> >>>>movement the hand makes. Bill<<<<
> SignWriting List
> October 13, 2000
> Bill - I think your answer is excellent, and I am so glad you answered!!
> And your instinct is exactly my answer...what you said above is
> saying that "choosing the curve that curves towards the center of the
> body" a natural choice, since signing is from your central
> thinking and handshapes do fit the "in to the center" curve better
> than the "out" position - You can see there is a visual agreement
> based on what feels right....I believe Stefan would call that "good
> gestalt"? If not, please tell us Stefan! ;-)
> For those just joining us, here was the question again, which was
> from Stefan in Germany...I would choose "B" too...

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