General Arrowhead...Both hands move on same path...

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Feb 14 21:42:46 UTC 2007

I have been writing "Way", (Stream, River, Street), all of them, with a general arrow above both hands with an arc to show it is "both hands moving".  It saves time and shows that no matter what angle you are looking from, both hands are moving close to an overlapping path, in the same direction, with no veerages, else you get two people riding side by side in a roller coaster and having to show both their trajectories, which on the page gets very, very, messy.  
  Perhaps a "simultaneous" arc could relieve the confusion and match both rules.

Adam Frost <adam at> wrote:
  Wow! I did not know that I misunderstood that rule. I thought that the
general arrowhead was for when both hands move together as a unit.
(Probably like many others. Smile.) Now I think understand what the
rule mean. You said it is for when you would have two arrow
overlapping. So for the sign continue, the path (black and white
arrows) for each hand do not over lap, so the general arrowhead is not
used. Now my question is if you were to write continue from the side
view (purely hypertheotical of course), then the general arrow would
be used? And would that still be correct if the two hands were not
touching (ie as in the sign for way)? Just trying to see if I
understand this rule correctly. :-)


On 2/14/07, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> SignWriting List
> February 14, 2007
> The General Arrowhead
> The Movement Path of the right hand, writes on top of the Movement
> Path of the left hand, creating a blend of the two arrows. This
> creates a General Arrowhead. The blended arrow is neither right nor
> is both.
> Imagine placing your right hand in a can of black paint. It is now
> dripping with black paint.
> Imagine placing your left hand in a can of white paint. It is not
> dripping with white paint.
> Your two hands move in space. As they move, they paint Movement Paths
> in space. The left hand paints white Movement Paths. The right hand
> paints black Movement Paths.
> But what happens when the Right Movement Path paints on top of the
> Left Movement Path?
> In those cases, you write a General Arrowhead.
> The General Arrowhead never meant Parallel Paths. It always meant
> Blended Paths. There is a difference.
> I can show you examples later today....Unfortunately I have to go to
> an appointment again and must run!
> Talk to you all later -
> Val ;-)

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