AW: [sw-l] Verb changes in ASL

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Fri Jul 29 06:50:46 UTC 2005

Hi Stuart, 

can you offer handwritten graphics which show your first attempts - 

what direction are the elliptical circles - any dirction like the other
movement circles?? 

Regarding the tongue - if difficult - write start position and end position
- or can you offer an  avi-file?  

It is always interesting to understand that the limitation of any computer
program  does not mean, that we cannot write it-  smile! 

Stefan ;-)  

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Betreff: [sw-l] Verb changes in ASL

I was doing some work for one of my classes and I realized I wasn't 
sure how to write some movement changes on some of the verbs and some 
mouth movements.

1) How do you write tongue movements like flicks and so forth?

2) ASL has 2 "circular" motions that are not available in the IMWA at 
this time. One is an elliptical circle that repeats. It is used to 
change the verb to continuous aspect.  The other is an "upside-down D" 
shape. It represents a tense production of the sign and then a slow 
return to the onset of the sign. So for signs that move outward, it 
forms a "D" shape with the straight portion of the D being the floor 
plane and the curved portion going under the floor. Am I right that we 
don't have this, or what combination of existing symbols would be best 
for these?



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