AW: [sw-l] Czech Manual Alphabet - sign for S

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Aug 30 15:04:34 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
August 30, 2005

Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
> Attached you find my photo and my SW-transcription -
> What do you think? Change hands?
> Stefan ;-))


Hello Honza, everyone in the Czech Republic, and Stefan, Ingvild...
Great photo, Stefan (see attached)...

And the Czech SignPuddle is very big now...congrats to all of you!

Regarding writing fingerspelling in SignWriting...

There are two ways to write it...

1. Demonstration fingerspelling, like the attached photo - the way  
hearing people are usually taught to fingerspell
2. Fast Fingerspelling handshapes that happen while fingerspelling at  

The latter is what I chose for writing ASL fingerspelling. The ASL  
Fingerspelling Keyboard in SignWriter DOS and Java, for example, is  
based on how the hand looks when you fingerspell quickly in ASL. You  
cannot get your hands into perfect positions at all times, like  
demonstration fingerspelling does...

So the Czech SignPuddle's fingerspelling writing for the letter S (in  
SignPuddle),  is probably based more on how one really signs it, I  
suspect...but this demonstration photo is beautiful, Stefan! I had  
trouble doing this position smile...I am a foreigner to this  
language, clearly....Val ;-)

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