why is the thumb this way
iroald at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 27 17:45:17 UTC 2005
this explanation helps a lot. Now I know how to explain it to others as
To re-invent the symbol at this stage, I agree is not a good idea. So I just
needed to understand the way of thinking, and now I do, thank you.
>From: "Valerie Sutton" <sutton at signwriting.org>
>Reply-To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>Subject: Re: [sw-l] why is the thumb this way
>Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 09:46:03 -0700
> Ingvild Roald wrote:
>I am sure that this has been done with some consideration, but I am
>wondering about the system behind the way the thumb is shown in some
>handshape symbols, see attached. For the A-handshape and the L- handshape,
>the thumb seems to be where it 'ought' to be, while for the hitch-hiker's
>handshape, the thumb is coming from the middel of the hand, where the
>middle finger is.
>Can you give an explanation, please?
>Hello Ingvild and Everyone!
>Yes...This handshape, which we use for the number 10 in ASL, is a weird
>handshape. And to re-invent it now would change so many documents around
>the world, that at this time, anyway, I would like to try to work with it,
>as it was designed in the 1980's...But it is good to discuss it, to see if
>you can live with it ;-)))
>Of course I can see that it is not consistent with the L handshape...If we
>were to change how to that symbol works, other problems pop up you would
>never believe ...
>One of the best discussions on the web is on this web page...
>My answer on this web page explains how I was thinking when the symbol was
>developed 20 years ago...Number 4 in my answer is a good summary...
>and here is a screen capture of that page:
><< 10-Hand.gif >>
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