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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Dec 15, 1998  5:43 pm
Subject:  Writing Compound Signs

December 15, 1998

Hello Everyone!

More people seem to be using SignWriting now, and as the number increases,
I am getting an increase in technical questions through private email. I am
glad you are writing and asking questions :-)

So, from time to time I will share some of this technical information with
the SW List, because it may be useful to others as well.

Today I received a question about writing a sign in several "stages" or
parts. Sometimes a sign is made up of two or three signs put together as
one unit, which we call "compound signs".

How do we write compound signs?

The parts of the compound sign are divided by a single, thin line. This can
be compared to a hyphen in written English.

In regards to other punctuation symbols...

A thick line marks the end of a sentence or thought. This can be compared
to a period in written English.

Two thin lines mark a pause, which can be compared to a comma in written

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

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