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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Dec 19, 1998  5:34 am
Subject:  Writing Finger Movement

December 18, 1998

QUESTION: If you have a 5 handshape, and only one of the five fingers is
actually bending, it can be hard to tell which finger is doing the bending
sometimes. I place the symbol as close as possible to the finger doing the
bending, but other symbols get in the way. How do you know which finger is

ANSWER: There are two ways to know this.

1. In some signs, you can use a different handshape than the 5 hand - a
handshape that incorporates the "final position" of the finger already bent
down. For example, if it is the middle finger that is doing the bending,
then perhaps using the ASL "feel handshape" might give the reader the
picture of the "middle finger being in action".

2. Another way is to use the 5 handshape, but "darken" the finger that is
doing the moving. In other words, the finger that has the "focus" is

SignWriter 4.3 does have small finger lines up on the keys at the top of
the keyboard to the far right. You can type the 5 hand and then type one of
those small finger lines and literally place it on top of the handshape's
finger so that it looks darker or thicker.

Sure hope this helps!!

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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