# [Sw-l] Sidewall curves

Fri May 4 11:15:05 EDT 2018

```Hello Rachel,

These movements are on a plane that run vertical with the center of the body. The dot means that part of the movement is closest to your body while the rest is away from the front of your body. So the examples you have are actually the opposite since that part of the curve is farthest from the body.

Now for the question you have about the pairs of arrows where the curve is written from the left verses from the right. Basically, they describe the same movement; however, they are useful in circumstances where the plane that intercepts the body isn’t a perfect 90º angle. That means if the curve comes from the right, then the sum symbol with the right curve would work better than left.

> On May 2, 2018, at 6:15 PM, <rchannon1 at VERIZON.NET> <rchannon1 at VERIZON.NET> wrote:
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> Hello everyone,  I have some questions about the sidewall curves.
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> The full set can be seen at http://signbank.org/SignWriting_Character_Viewer.html#?ui=en&set=key&sym=S2b1 <http://signbank.org/SignWriting_Character_Viewer.html#?ui=en&set=key&sym=S2b1>
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> These are the four right handed curves that are named “Rotation Single hits chest”, or “Curves hit chest”.  Stephen Parkhurst explains:
> These two arrows represent up-and-down movement that curves toward the body. The basic movement is up and down, so the arrow used is double stemmed.
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> The black dot between the arrow stems means that the hand moves closer to the body during its trajectory and then moves away.
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> So for example, if you were describing a big belly,  you might use one of these symbols. Or in ASL, versions of SANTACLAUS  and THANKSGIVING might use the third or fourth symbols going down from the chin to the chest.   The first and second symbols go up and out (toward the viewer) and then curve back toward the signer.  The third and fourth symbols go down and out and then curve back to the signer.
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> My question is:  what is the difference between the first and the second?  What is the difference between the third and fourth?  Are they just style variations?
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> I’d also like to verify my assumption that although these symbols are labelled as “rotations” they don’t necessarily involve a forearm twist, but rather the focus is on the movement of the hand, which could be caused by a forearm twist or could be the whole elbow-shoulder complex moving the hand in space.  Do I have that right?
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> Thanks!  Rachel
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