Handshapes in the ISWA that are not used in ASL

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Nov 24 17:58:45 UTC 2009

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November 24, 2009

On Nov 24, 2009, at 8:48 AM, Charles Butler wrote:
> Hey there Valerie, have you considered pulling in some examples in  
> the ISWA from some of the languages other than ASL so that we see  
> examples of usage?  I have a handshape used in Jewish worship, the  
> extended finger oval shape that is used to hold the kaddish cup.   
> I'm not sure which puddle to put it into, as it's not exactly  
> Israeli or English, but special religious usage. Charles Butler

Hello Charles!

Although this may not be an Israeli sign from Israeli Sign Language,  
nonetheless, you could put it here anyway:

Israeli SignPuddle

There are 0 signs in there anyway, so it would be great to have a sign  
in there! smile...

Regarding special handshapes that are not connected to any one sign  
language, why not place it in the:

International Sign Language Puddle?

I don't know what else to tell you...

And of course about half the handshapes in the ISWA are not used in  

You can see some Ethiopian handshapes on this web page:


This goes on for 7 pages...those are some of the unusual handshapes in  
the ISWA that are not used in ASL -

Val ;-)

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