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From:  Charles Butler
Date:  Thu Nov 5, 1998  12:12 am
Subject:  Re: Inbetween Contact & Surface Symbols

> 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 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
> involved)
> 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
> SignWriting
> Center For Sutton Movement Writing
> an educational nonprofit organization
> Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Valerie, these are neat surfaces. I can see using them immediately for
mime-like storytelling, when one is describing a narrow corridor which
suddenly opens up. I would tend to sign this with parallel hands with
left surface and right surface signs paralleling the two hands moving
forward, with tension markers above the movement to show that it is a
slow and tense sign, suddenly releasing to the open space. Very neat,
I never saw these signs in 20 years of study.

Charles Butler

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573 Re: Inbetween Contact & Surface Symbols Charles Butler Sat  11/7/1998

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