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

Adam Frost adam at FROSTVILLAGE.COM
Sun Feb 18 19:14:23 UTC 2007

Now that I understand the difference between Overlapping and Parallel paths,
the writing for continue doesn't seem redundant especially from a reader's
point of view. But I also agree that from a quick writing (handwriting
and/or shortwriting) it might be a little to much to write for Parallel
Paths. Then again, it depends on what the goal is. ;-)


On 2/18/07, Valerie Sutton <signwriting at> wrote:
> SignWriting List
> February 18, 2007
> On Feb 14, 2007, at 1:35 PM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> > Could you give us an example where this distinction would help us
> > tell the difference between signs? I too thought it just meant that
> > two hands moved the same while contacting. So for the sign
> > CONTINUE, I would have thought that was written right. I guess I am
> > trying to understand the benefit of the extra distinction? I
> > thought it was helpful to eliminate the redundancy of two arrows
> > when the movement information is the same...
> The General Movement Arrowhead, which writes Overlapping Paths, was
> not designed from a linguistic point of view, but from a movement
> perspective. It provides visual information that is important. It
> eliminates the need for the Surface Symbol in many cases, and
> provides some exciting information when writing intertwining complex
> movement paths in the mime-like and gesture-like features in ASL
> storytelling. It is important that we keep this as a movement-
> description, so that we have the tool for writing storytelling, mime,
> gesture and so forth...
> Now, there is no question that there are needs to write Parallel
> Paths too...I realize that. Especially when it is associated with
> some classifiers, I believe that such a distinction would be very
> later, after I complete editing SignPuddle 1.5 and
> finishing SignBank...I hope to think through with all of you, ways of
> writing a Parallel Path that would help from the linguistic point of
> view...
> I do not consider writing Movement Paths visually, a redundant
> thing...For me at least, I have seen too many instances where we need
> to distinguish between right, left and both to want to throw it away
> in SignWriting Printing.
> In Handwriting however...that is another story! I rarely write right
> and left for my own notes, but when I publish, I do...
> So let us discuss this further later this Spring. I will now return
> to working on SignPuddle 1.5 and SignBank 8.5, which we hope will be
> ready for you all in early March...  Val ;-)
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