faces vertical or horizontal.

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Dec 4 16:44:25 UTC 2009

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December 4, 2009

Hi Cherie!
Thanks for this message, and for renaming the thread to faces vertical  
or horizontal...

I think it is an interesting idea to consider that we could generally  
have a guideline that states that usually mouthing of spoken languages  
places the facial expression symbols horizontally, since spoken  
languages are written from left to right... and facial expressions  
connected with ASL grammar are written vertically...but then when you  
think about it, you are right that it is really a matter of  
timing...so that would not be a good guideline!


I think we need to leave this and then see later how people write and  
base any future guidelines on people's writings -

Good topic!

Val ;-)


On Dec 4, 2009, at 3:25 AM, Cherie Wren wrote:

> I remember some discussions of this when I was writing Cat in the  
> Hat.  Some faces I wrote vertically, because certain points of the  
> face had to match certain points in the signing, but sometimes it  
> was mouthing that went with the sign, and I wrote that  
> horizontally.  It was a timing issue, mostly, If I recall  
> correctly.  Like the vertical spelling of Charles someone recently  
> wrote in...  the timing of the head nod has to match the timing of  
> the spelling just so.  I'll have to see if I can find that  
> conversation again.  To me, horizontal feels like 'all at once'  and  
> vertical feels sequential.
> cherie
> Georgia School for the Deaf


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