[sw-l] POLAND doubts about the strike symbol

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Sun Jun 12 21:14:17 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
June 12, 2005

>  Lucyna Dlugolecka wrote:
> So, is it justified to use the strike symbol with the lines or the  
> symbol without them will be proper for such cases?

Hello Lucyna and Everyone -
Thanks for this question. No. Do not use the Strike-Inbetween (the  
strike symbols with the two lines). Instead use two plain Strike  

The Strike-Inbetween symbol is rarely used. In fact, I can only  
remember using it in DanceWriting, when slapping between two legs, or  
striking the inside crease of the elbow, so it is between the forearm  
and the upper arm...so it means inside, between two things...In  
SignWriting, the In-between symbols are used mostly between  
fingers...and touching, rubbing, brushing or grasping between fingers  
are used sometimes, but striking between two fingers is pretty hard  
to do!

The sign for WORK in several signed languages looks a little like  
what you are trying to write, except that in ASL we are looking at  
the top of our hands, so the squares for the fists are dark...

Here are some examples of the sign for WORK in ASL...Notice how we  
didn't use the Strike symbols...but instead just Touch...Why? Because  
some of our writers felt that the Strike should be kept for something  
a little more violent than just Touch-Touch...This was argued a  
lot...smile...as to what constitutes a strike and what a touch?...A  
Strike hurts a little I guess! Maybe we don't work as hard  
here...smile...I think it depends on when you are signing fast or  
when you are demonstrating a sign...

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