[sw-l] Underlining proper names in vertical columns...

Ingvild Roald iroald at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 4 15:29:25 UTC 2005

I seem to have registered that there is usually a poining at the end of a
geographical proper name. Thus it would be 'Norway - there'


>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] Underlining proper names in vertical columns...
>Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2005 07:46:17 -0700
>SignWriting List
>June 4, 2005
>Bill Reese wrote:
>>The sign language specific method of indicating the noun and then
>>fingerspelling it seems to be the language specific way of  indicationg
>>the noun but what about sign languages that don't  support that concept?
>Actually Bill, you have brought up a very important point. How do
>different signed languages mark a proper name, when they sign? ASL  does
>the fingerspelling technique you mention above, but that  definitely is not
>true in other signed languages. Some signed  languages use zero
>fingerspelling, especially signed languages in the  Far East, that do not
>use the Roman Alphabet in their spoken language...
>However, putting the fingerspelling to the side, and just focusing on
>capitalization of a sign, I believe that in ASL at least, I have seen  some
>Deaf people pause a little after the proper noun is signed, and  that there
>is more tension at the end of the movement in the proper  name, and it is
>possible that eyebrows change when signing a proper  name...so that begins
>to get into the grammar of specific signed  languages, and some may be able
>to determine a proper name from other  writing, like our Comma symbol
>(pause), or our tension symbol...and  our eyebrow symbols....
>Thanks for all your thoughts!
>Val ;-)

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