|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Tue Jan 5, 1999 5:20 pm
Subject: Movement Diagonal Plane
January 5, 1999
As you know, our new lesson online teaches movement on the diagonal plane.
This includes movement that is "up and forward", "down and forward", "up
and back" and "down and back":
Writing Movement on the Diagonal Plane
At the end of the lesson, I ask if people could send me suggestions for
signs that use these "diagonal plane movement arrows".
I received some excellent suggestions for signs from ASL. I hope people
from other countries will also tell us about their signs that use the
Most of the time, these Diagonal Plane arrows are used in writing gesture
or mime. There are not that many signs that use these arrows in ASL, for
example. That is why I did not include them in our lessons until now. But I
am now including them, because people writing Japanese Sign Language
requested it, and I know that they are needed occasionally in all signed
So here are the suggestions I have received so far, for ASL signs using the
Diagonal Plane arrows:
1. ahead (up-forward)
2. shovel (over the shoulder)
7. not (not the standard version, but with crossed flat hands palm down and
in opposite directions, down, forward, and out.)
But then others sent me these signs....
Princeton, Yale, Stanford
Although these signs use diagonal movement, they are side-to-side diagonal
movement...parallel with the Wall Plane. They are not moving forward or
back on a diagonal, so they are not parallel with the Diagonal Plane.
But I do appreciate all of your suggestions and please keep sending them -
it does help me to develop the diagrams for the new lesson. I have never
taught these arrows in an official lesson before, so I need the examples
for our new chapter.
For those who have visited our web site and read the new lesson online, may
I ask your opinion? Is the lesson clearly presented? Any suggestions for
changes or improvements?
Many thanks for your input!
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