AW: [sw-l] Positioning on the Body

Stefan Woehrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Wed Sep 8 21:04:14 UTC 2004

Hello Sandy,

this is funny-

At first I did not understand the term "Caesarean birth" but when I looked
at your handwritten SW-graphic I understood perfectly!!

Nevertheless - I am curious. In Germany the sign for "Kaiserschnitt" is a
combination of 1) "Caesar" hand above the head is indicating a crown and 2)
surgery - the thumb goes from left to right indicating the cut of the knife!
(see attached .png)

What about your sign? hm - back of a-hand hand upward - moves downward while
the thumb is rubbing   "cutting"  -
and afterwards birth?

Birth you write hands up  palm facing forward - but no curve - ?? Do you
want it this way?

Stefan ;-))

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Von: owner-sw-l at
[mailto:owner-sw-l at]Im Auftrag von Sandy Fleming
Gesendet: Montag, 6. September 2004 23:07
An: sw-l at
Betreff: [sw-l] Positioning on the Body

Hi Folks!

I'm trying to write the sign for "Caesarian birth", but I need to know how
to position the signs (for 'incision' and 'born') in such a way as to show
that these are on the stomach rather than the more usual positioning for

It's not that I can't think of a few ways of doing this, it's just that they
seem a bit clumsy. I'd be grateful if anyone could suggest the most usual
way of doing this sort of thing.

By the way, I went to the SignWriting site to add some more signs to the
British dictionary, but it seems to be pointing at the American dictionary.
Can this be fixed? Also, can we still add signs? I don't see any way of
doing it now.


Sandy Fleming
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