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Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 2:05 PM
Subject: Rotations at 90 and 180 degrees (sideways - 1)
Sw list members:
Going on with our rotations diagrams, now we, finally, have doubts.
1) First point: about the hand position in the sideways rotation, that one with the palm of hand turned to the body. With the forward and upward positions there is a sequence, but when we turn the forearm sideways it seems to have a rupture, a lack fulfiled with another position.
In our Sign Writing classes often students discussed about it and for them the logycal sequence would be based on this:
It shows a right arm traveling from the forward position, bending to the sideways position, so that the writing would be the same.
We noticed this trouble in various signs in ASL and LIBRAS, for example:
America (ASL) Born (ASL)
Following the same pattern:
but...War (LIBRAS) ,as deaf use to write here, but if we follow the standart pattern it would be
Is that right ?
Thanks for your feedback !
Looking at this last sign of "War" I would misread this as palm "downward" because when I see the split hand I think "where is the back of the hand"? "It must be above?" then why is the hand split? Hmm.
I see the logic of your first writing as the hands move in and out, but I tend to follow the horizontal axis (the second writing) as the clearest showing that the palms are facing me, not palms down.
Every person has his or her own style, I tend to avoid splitting hands whenever possible.