[sw-l] Stuarts Question about Curved Arrows...

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Dec 7 18:57:49 UTC 2004

Hi Val and Stuart,

The last one, in Valerie's list, is what i was trying to write using my ancient version of SW 4.0.  Only in vertical writing can you show the "neutral position" flowing into the "over the shoulder" position without confusion.  I like that.

Charles Butler

Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org> wrote:
SignWriting List
December 7, 2004

Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> 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 shoulder.

Hello Stuart and Everyone -
It is not an easy sign, but it can be written. Attached are some of the
different signs for BEFORE in our ASL dictionary in SignWriter
Java...the last one is a new one that I just typed in SignWriter Java,
trying to follow your description, Stuart...

Is this close to what you want? I think we can find a simpler way to
write it later, but for right now, can you read it?

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