writing circle in front of face...

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Dec 30 20:27:23 UTC 2003

SignWriting List
December 30, 2003

On Dec 30, 2003, at 11:54 AM, Michael Turniansky wrote:
>  Would it be okay to use #2, but move the handshape to the top of the 
> head (as I have it showncurrently), since that's where the sign 
> starts?
>            --Mike T.

Hello Michael -
Yes...that sounds like a good idea!  And really, your original is fine 
too...It just would be read as a circle high, in front of the forehead, 
instead of the whole face...and funny....if you think about it...such 
detail may not matter, if people start memorizing the NameSign and 
think of your child...that is all that really matters because there 
will always be a slight difference in the way people produce signs, no 
matter how they are written...so it is a matter of standardization and 
memorization...that is how "Sign-Spellings" evolve...

But one more point..If you want to place a facial expression inside the 
facial circle, you will have no choice but to move the movement symbol 
or hand symbol off the face...and when you do that, people will still 
know that the sign starts high on the circle...because the placement of 
the arrow at the top of the circle means that the hand starts 
there...so they will know it starts at the top of the circle no matter 
what...So take a look at another suggestion with a facial 
expression....Val ;-)

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