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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Oct 23, 1998  9:17 am
Subject:  SW in Vertical Columns

>On Sun, 4 Oct 1998, Charles Butler wrote:

One has to add at minimum a shoulder line and neck line to show the
shift in characters between the master and the servant. That shoulder
and neck line is on the keyboard now, so one could at least get a rough
draft of it. Full Mime Writing is a bit more complex, but this may give
you a start.

October 23, 1998
Hello Everyone - and thanks Charles for the message above, which is true.
But there are some new developments coming into SignWriting now, which I am
looking forward to sharing with you.

And as always, it is hard to explain writing movement in English! So later,
through the grammar lesson scheduled to be posted, and also through the new
advanced documents, you will see and grasp the new changes I am sure.

To explain briefly....before we wrote horizontally, not vertically. And the
shoulder line was very necessary to write certain gestures when we wrote
horizontally. But vertical writing is bringing in a new perspective which
is very exciting. I cannot thank Lucinda Batch enough for suggesting
writing down the page years has been a major blessing for writing
signed languages.

And of course when writing "shrugging a shoulder" or something like that -
the shoulder line is still needed to show the movements of the shoulders

But as far as using the shoulder lines as markers for other things, like
spatial comparisons, or location, that is changing. As we started to write
down the page, the facial circle has become much more the marking system,
and there are other new details as well. So I hope you will look at the
next grammar lesson I post, which will explain some of this. It is
scheduled for November 2......Writing ASL Grammar, Lesson 2: Writing
Spatial Comparisons.

Thanks, Charles, for your input -

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


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