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From:  Cecelia Smith
Date:  Mon Jan 11, 1999  3:27 am
Subject:  Re: actors

Hi Dawn...

risking Joes smack for being into linguistics instead of sign writing...
The linguistic definition of the "5" hand shape has the fingers spread apart.
The "B" handshape has the fingers closed together. The position of the thumb
in some of the various signs is not as critical as all that distinction, which
is why we call them "b" and not "5"

hushing up now.

In a message dated 1/10/99 9:38:45 PM Eastern Standard Time,

> I have one comment to make... there are several of these signs that you say
> uses the "B" handshape, however it is actually a "5" handshape... Children,
> read, elephant... and several of the others.

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