Two ways to write the sign for ARGUE

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Apr 23 17:14:44 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
April 23, 2004

Maria Papadogiwrgakh wrote:
In the case of the "argue" sign, where there are 2 rotated hand symbols:
> the rotation axis of the wrist is the vertical axis (y) of the floor 
> plane. So how will I know the rotation axis of the wrist just by 
> looking at the hand symbol (independently from the movement symbol) in 
> order to know what to do with the wrist (wrist flexion or wrist 
> pivot)?
> I'm looking forward to your answer.

Ha! Well...there are actually two ways to write the palm facing for the 
ASL sign for ARGUE. Please see attached. You can view the hands from 
the Front View or from Overhead...The standard SignSpelling is the 
first one....viewing the white palms from the front view...

But the movement arrows remain the same. the Movement is always seen 
parallel to the Front Wall.

So to answer your question...looking at the first spelling with the 
white palms...the hands are parallel with the Wall, and the palms are 
facing your chest. You put your hands into that position. That 
establishes the foundation of that is the starting point. And 
next, keeping that same palm facing, follow the movement symbols, which 
are down twice, moving parallel with the Wall.

In this writing there is no wrist movement at all. The whole forearm, 
wrist and hand move together as a unit...down-down...without bending 
the wrist at all...

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