The graphemes of SignWriting
alanpost at SUNFLOWERRIVER.ORG
Thu Oct 7 14:23:30 UTC 2010
As I was reading your feedback, I thought many times of vector-based
symbols. I'm really happy to see you mention them at the bottom of
I didn't know about these relationships, thank you for sharing them.
On Thu, Oct 07, 2010 at 01:14:08PM +0200, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
> Hi Steve,
> I liked to read your text and agree ...
> What comes to my mind is that for what reason ever Valerie and Richard
> Gleaves probably did some brainstorming regarding the width and height of
> all the symbols of the first symbol set. At that time there had been
> limitations due to the possibilities of the DOS pixel graphic representation
> in the good old SignWriter DOS programm...
> When I started to learn and to dive into SignWriting I took the chance to
> compare all the different symbols - length of fingers, seize of head circle
> So I learned that two fists just match the height of a flathand. The
> flathand can be written into the head circle - the index finger is as long
> as a fist -square .....
> I think it would make sense to mention that behind these proportions between
> the single symbols in their visual appearance is a well calculated genius
> idea. Looking at the signs written with SignWriter DOS or SignPuddle the
> whole "pictogram" looks so well balanced. And this is what I never miss to
> point out to new students of GebärdenSchrift - Writing by hand becomes much
> more easy if you develop a map of these proportions ...
> Just my idea ...
> Stefan ;-)
> PS - did you say that in the near future you would be able to use vector
> based symbols?? for SignPuddle documents?
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
> [mailto:SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACC.EDU] Im Auftrag von Steve Slevinski
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 7. Oktober 2010 12:57
> An: SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACC.EDU
> Betreff: The graphemes of SignWriting
> Hi List,
> While preparing a document for publication, I wrote an introductory
> sentence about the graphemes of SignWriting. Any feedback would be
> 1.1.1. Grapheme
> The grapheme is the fundamental unit of writing for the SignWriting
> script. The graphemes of SignWriting are visually iconic. Each
> grapheme has a defined size and shape. The main writing graphemes of
> SignWriting represent a visual conception: either hands, movement,
> dynamics, timing, head, face, or body. These graphemes are used in
> Detailed location graphemes are separate from writing graphemes.
> Detailed location graphemes are used individually or sequentially.
> They represent isolated analysis that is written outside the cluster.
> Punctuation graphemes are used when writing sentences. They are used
> individually, outside of a cluster.
> When written by hand, lines are drawn to form each grapheme.
> Different styles draw different types of lines: either for personal
> taste, speed, or quality.
> When written with computers, the graphemes have two aspects. The
> first is the line that defines the shape of the grapheme. The second
> aspect is the fill that is used when graphemes overlap. The official
> standard size and shape for each grapheme is defined with a 2
> dimensional pixel map of line and fill. Vector based refinements
> have been completed for all hand shapes but still need to be converted.
> Each grapheme in SignWriting has two centers: absolute and artistic.
> The absolute center of the grapheme is based on the width and height
> of the grapheme. The artistic center of a grapheme is context
> dependent. For a hand shape grapheme, the artistic center is the
> center of the palm.
> Thanks for reading,
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