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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Oct 26, 1998  6:56 pm
Subject:  Re: SW Symbol Questions

On Mon, 26 Oct 1998, Kathy Akehurst wrote:
>So would differentiating between the simultaneous line and the smooth line
>simply come from a knowledge of the sign itself? Or is one line slightly
>longer than the other or something like that? 'Semantics', I know, but
>still important when you're trying to teach this to others (and get it clear
>yourself!). Thanks.
>Btw, just to let you know, our group (as homework for the SW Literacy
>Project) has begun trying to do our grocery lists, etc. in SW. Good
>practice and lots of fun, too!
>Kathy A.

Hi Kathy -
That is exciting about the grocery list - a good exercise in writing "food
signs" :-)

In regards to the Simultaneous Line versus the Smooth Line. If you look in
your "Lessons In SignWriting Textbook", towards the back of the book there
is a chapter called "Dynamics".

This chapter shows the difference between writing fast movements, slow
movements, tense movements and other details. When you look in that chapter
you will notice that the Simultaneous Line is a very small curved line. It
just "links" two movements together, showing that they are done at the same

The Smooth Line is also a curved line, but it is much larger and most
important - it "surrounds" the entire movement symbol. This shows that the
entire movement is done "smoothly". The Smooth Line does not "link" two
movements together - it is "surrounding" one movement with "smoothness".

Gosh - using English to explain movement is not easy! I do not have these
examples on the web, but it is explained in detail in the textbook. To read
more about the textbook, go to:

Textbook: Lessons In SignWriting

Thanks for your questions -

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

  Replies Author Date
491 Re: SW Symbol Questions Judy Kegl Tue  10/27/1998
492 Re: SW Symbol Questions Valerie Sutton Tue  10/27/1998
493 Re: SW Symbol Questions Valerie Sutton Tue  10/27/1998
499 Re: Canadian Geography Inquiry Judy Kegl Tue  10/27/1998
508 Re: Iconicity Valerie Sutton Wed  10/28/1998
494 Frequently-Asked Questions Valerie Sutton Tue  10/27/1998
505 iconicity Joe Martin Wed  10/28/1998
513 Re: iconicity Valerie Sutton Wed  10/28/1998
526 Re: iconicity Judy Kegl Fri  10/30/1998

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