# [Sw-l] [SPAM] Forearm Rotation or axial motion symbols

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Fri Feb 2 18:02:34 EST 2018

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February 2, 2018

Hello Rachel and everyone -

These symbols work well, and they are explained exactly where you say, Rachel, on page 142 in the Lessons in SignWriting Textbook, but I can see that it was hard for you to understand the explanation there, and it has been hard for others to understand too, so you are not alone.

So, first for others to understand, you can download the Lessons in SignWritng textbook here:

Lessons in SignWriting Textbook
http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/books/index.html#LessonsSW

You will find on page 142, it explains that the forearm is like an "axis".... a fulcrum...there is the axis and the rotation arrow showing movement around the axis...

Can you view this video? I just made it a few minutes ago...I still have to do the captions and I wish Adam could make a little video teaching these symbols? That would be so much better than my videos...I still do not know how to get a video to show up in an email - I must learn that...

https://youtu.be/gBDFQRfd_rI

I will write again when I have the strength and try to figure out how to explain them better than what is explained in the textbook already...

Val ;-)

> On Feb 1, 2018, at 7:12 PM, rchannon1 at VERIZON.NET wrote:
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> Hello Everyone,
> I have a new question โ this time about rotation symbols.  In the lessons in signwriting book (maybe I should say bible ๐)  forearm rotation is discussed starting on page 142.  I am just having a hard time understanding how the symbols match with the actions.
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> The problem is that I donโt understand what the arrows mean in the rotation symbols.  I see that for example if the forearm points up, that is the wall plane and it is a double line.  But if the arrow shows a movement to the right, what does that mean?  Because technically the arm stays in one place and doesnโt move?
> This is the set of signs that I am trying to understand:  (S2df)
>
> ๑ก
> ๑ข
> ๑ฃ
> ๑ค
> ๑ฅ
> ๑ฆ
> ๑ง
> ๑จ
> ๑ฉ
> ๑ช
> ๑ซ
> ๑ฌ
> ๑ญ
> ๑ฎ
> ๑ฏ
> ๑ฐ
>
> If I am describing these symbols can I say something like the following:  (in all these symbols I understand we are talking about the right arm and it is in an upright position, pointing to the ceiling)
> In the first symbol, the thumb moves from right to left and the palm first faces the signer and then faces the viewer
> In the second symbol, the thumb moves left and down???
> In the third symbol, the thumb moves in a curve from left to right so that the hand is first palm out to viewer and then palm in to signer?
> The fourth symbol looks almot like the third
> In the fifth symbol, the thumb moves left to right and the palm of the hand is first facing the viewer and ends facing the signer?
>
> I am really confusedโฆ..
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> Rachel
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