[sw-l] CZECH...First 2 signs...

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Jan 25 16:14:28 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
January 25, 2005

Dear SignWriting List, and Shane -
It is time to attach the signs written in SignWriting to your email
messages so we can see the signs you are describing...words mean very
little to me...except when we have to use them...but please start using
SignMaker to describe your signs. Then, once you have saved them in
your dictionary, you can copy and paste them inside your regular email
messages...That way we can have some SignWriting inside your
emails...Val ;-)

On Jan 25, 2005, at 3:21 AM, Shane Gilchrist Ó hEorpa wrote:

> In NISL, we just fingerspell "CZ" in a fast motion to imply it’s a
> name.
> Some people here sign it as "you-know GERMANY below-next land beer
> VERY-CHEAP" just because there is a new flight between Belfast and
> Prague.
> I often say "Belgium" and they would go 'WHAT?" - I ll have to go
> "you-know
> FRANCE HOLLAND middle-between" :-o
> Shane
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
> [mailto:owner-sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu] On Behalf Of Lucyna
> Dlugolecka
> Sent: 25 January 2005 10:32
> To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
> Subject: Re: [sw-l] CZECH...First 2 signs...
> Stefan:
>> Ha Lucy - this is fun -
> Me:
> Yeah - and your SW sign is not right.
> Stefan:
>> Are there any lifelike drawings in the internet posted about Czech -
>> signs??
> Me:
> There is a video clip for Czech Republik -
> http://www.ticho.cz/videog.php?cvgtit=c8h. Look, in the right part of
> the
> webpage there is a list of words. Click 'Ceska Republika'. A boy is
> signing
> the first sign (Ceska = Czech). He repeats the sign three times,
> although,
> as Martin has said, it is usually repeated twice. Pay attention also
> to the
> B shape - the thumb is not bent.
> Martin:
> Im not sure, I think it is from sign CZECHOSLOVAKIA and CZECHOSLOVAKIA
> is
> from sign "spa". Every people know that czech have famous spa for
> example
> Carlsbad....
> Interest is that difference between sign Czechoslovakia and sign Czech
> is
> big. Iconic characterization of sign Czechoslovakia is "drinking of
> water"
> (spa), but some people used this sign as somebody have heave (bad use
> of
> sign). So czech people changed the orientation of hand and fingers and
> make
> new sing CZECH.
> Me:
> Your explanation is very interesting. We the Poles use another sign for
> CZECH. We use the gesture for combing the hair. It is because 'to comb'
> means 'czesac' in Polish, and 'czesac' is similar to 'czeski'
> ('Czech').
> Lucy

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