[sw-l] Question about symbol

Stuart Thiessen sw at PASSITONSERVICES.ORG
Mon Dec 6 22:38:43 UTC 2004

I am a little confused about the symbol for a backwards arc (
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). For other arrows, I can understand how to place a handshape before
and after the movement to show starting and ending orientations or
handshapes. How do I do this with this arrow? Starting and ending
positions technically are in the same position.

How do others handle this?  My example situation is the sign for BEFORE
in ASL that I am transcribing from a video.  It starts in neutral space
with the left hand mostly face down and the back of the right hand
contacting the back of the left hand and then moving in a backward arc
over the shoulder and a little past the shoulder. I am trying to figure
out how to show the right hand beginning in a palm face-up orientation
then ending in a palm facing the body orientation. Plus there is the
question of how to show that it leaves neutral space to go over the



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