Stuart Thiessen sw at PASSITONSERVICES.ORG
Thu Dec 1 17:21:14 UTC 2005

Since our conversation, I had been thinking about this too. I had an 
idea for a symbol for that movement. I don't know if it messes up the 
system at all to do this.  But what about this? I would read this as 
bending the knuckles up and down. Since there is no closing position, 
could I assume I return to the same handshape unless otherwise stated?  
If I was doing research writing, maybe I could put the 5 hand above the 
knuckle symbols?  What do you think? It is in the SignPuddle as 
amaze_2. I can delete it if it breaks other rules.

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On Dec 1, 2005, at 10:54, Valerie Sutton wrote:

> SignWriting List
> December 1, 2005
> Dear SW List, and Stuart!
> Thank you for your conversation by videophone, yesterday, Stuart. The 
> ASL sign for just that...amazing. I had never 
> seen that sign before!
> The sign starts with a Fist at the side of the head, and it opens into 
> a 5-Hand and then closes again back into the Fist. The reason that it 
> is so unusual, is the speed. The opening and closing is soooo fast 
> that you can barely see it...but it is there...and the opening is 
> completely stretched into a full 5 is not just a partial 
> it is not like the sign for MILK or ORANGE, which never 
> completely stretch to a full in STARTLED-AMAZEMENT the 
> full 5-hand has to be written for those who do not know the sign 
> already...
> So I promised Stuart to try to write this sign with several 
> versions...I will add them to our ASL SignPuddle and share them with 
> you all next message...This will be an interesting discussion!
> Val ;-)

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