[sw-l] New Handshapes for the IMWA

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Nov 22 23:51:15 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
November 22, 2004

Stefan Woehrmann wrote:
> "So the base of the hand is determined by the shape of the lowest
> finger...If the lowest finger is straight forward, then the base of the
> symbol is an Angle or Hinge..."
> ( or is this a "typo" and you wanted to write square?)

Hello Stefan and Everyone!
No. I did not write a typo! If the lowest finger is straight forward,
it is an Angle or Hinge Handshape as the base, or Rootshape, as in this
diagram. This cannot be a square. A square means that the fingertips
touch the palm of the hand. But no fingers touch the palm of the hand
in this diagram:

The lowest fingers are straight forward, so they form the Rootshape,
which is an Angle:

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