Signs I can't Write :(

Sandy Fleming sandy at FLEIMIN.DEMON.CO.UK
Sun Sep 7 10:22:41 UTC 2003

Hi Folks!  :)

I'm still having trouble finding ways to type the BSL signs for "Wales" and "Scotland".

"Wales" should use the "pineapple" sign (S-S-Sequence 56) but with fingers bent. S-S-Sequence 58 is almost like it, but it doesn't have the same feel - I couldn't find a suitable sign in SW-DOS because I went through the "pineapple" signs and the version I needed wasn't there. Of course, I can put down this sign very easily in handwriting, but it can't be done with SW_DOS, nor is it found in S-S-Sequence.

"Scotland" I can't even do in handwriting! The bit that I can't do is that I need to show the elbow or innner arm making contact with the side of the body twice (the fist is held in front of the shoulder). In BSL we will also need this movement for "chicken" and "bagpipes"! :)  I tried looking up chicken and bagpipes in the ASL dictionary but didn't find the required movement.

I attach my sign for Wales but I'd really be happier if it were a circle hand rather than square  :\

"Wales" is actually the only BSL sign I can think of using this handshape (it mimics the circled fleur-de-lys that's a symbol of the country) so it may be that this is a special sign and could be conventionally approximated with the square hand, at least in typed documents. I think a BSL handwriter would naturally write it as a circle.

Maybe I should have "troublemaker" for a name sign  :)


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