[sw-l] New Handshapes for the IMWA

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Nov 23 00:03:49 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
November 22, 2004

Stefan Woehrmann wrote:
> There is a continuum - from the flat hand - thumb outside - to the
> closed
> fist -
> since we write the claw- hand with the "house"- basic handshape and the
> fingers added with curved lines - It came to my mind to keep in line
> with
> this but just change the look of the fingers - thumb, index - straight
> lines, middle - a little bit curved, ring finger more curved, baby
> finger
> almost bent to a tight "U" -

Hello Stefan and Everyone!
Yes, there is a continuam...you are right about that. And in the past I
wrote this handshape as you have written it in the attached diagram,
Stefan - Thank you for writing that. But over time I found that some
people didn't read it that well. They wouldn't notice that the baby
finger is lower than normal bending of the 5-Hand...It may be that such
a detail is not even important in everyday writing, but the Lowest
Finger Rule does give a tiny bit more detail...so let me keep
explaining...I am sorry this is so hard to explain in writing...if you
were sitting here in my living room we would have finished this
discussion long ago - ha!!! continued next message...

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