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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Nov 5, 1998  7:22 pm
Subject:  Inbetween Contact & Surface Symbols

November 5, 1998

Dear SignWriting List Members:
Yesterday I received a technical question about writing "inbetween" contact.

There are two ways to write "inbetween" in SignWriting. The most common way
is with the "Inbetween Contact Symbol" which is described on this web page:

Inbetween Contact Symbol

The Inbetween Contact Symbol implies that you are "contacting" between two

There is, however, another more advanced set of symbols that are used in
the general Movement Writing system. They are called "Surface Symbols". In
that set of Surface Symbols, there are symbols that can also mean
"inbetween" but those symbols do not contact - it is more like passing
through between two surfaces without any contact occurring.

You can see a listing on this web page:

Surface Symbols

You will see that we have symbols for:

On Top of a Surface
Underneath a Surface
To the Left Side of a Surface
To the Right Side of a Surface
Through two surfaces, one above and one below (no contact involved)
Through two surfaces, one to the left and one to the right (no contact

And there are several more that are not on the web at the moment.

Because these Surface Symbols have been used most in DanceWriting and Ice
Skating, I never thought we needed them in SignWriting until recently.

Recently I noticed that the Nicaraguans are using some of the Surface
Symbols, and then later, I myself started using them for writing the
details of classifiers in the advanced Goldilocks story.

So one more time it seems that the general Movement Writing system has
value ....

All the best -

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

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