AW: [sw-l] How to write these Portuguese Colors

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Tue Nov 3 18:33:00 UTC 2009

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November 3, 2009

On Nov 3, 2009, at 9:47 AM, Gagnon et Thibeault wrote:
> Hi Adam and everyone,
> If the writer uses two separate heads for one sign in the SignText,  
> the reader assumes that there are two different signs, not only one  
> sign precisely because of the two separate heads.  It is easier to  
> read two separate heads for one sign in the  SignPuddle dictionary  
> than in the SignText.

Thank you, Andre, for this message, and I will let Adam answer you on  
the other issues...

Regarding the issue of dictionary entries and SignText entries, which  
you mention above...

I think what you are really saying is that when we write full  
sentences in SignWriting, and the reader is reading down the column,  
that maybe the reader might think that the two-headed sign is really  
two separate signs...

That is why I mentioned that the two heads need to be closer together  
in the one sign...without so much space between the reader  
knows they are ONE sign and not can be done...there is a  
technique to it...

Of course there are many ways to write and some people do not write  
with two heads as much as i do possibly - ha!

Let me show you an example of a two-headed sign...

The sign for Facial Expression in ASL is a little like a compound  
sign, and the two heads are written close together. If these were two  
separate signs, there would be more space between the heads:

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