[sw-l] Spelling of ASL Wallet (retry #3)

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Jun 13 03:52:35 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
June 12, 2005

My last message for tonight...

The Grasp Symbol is not used for continuous touch...nor does it mean
simple touch at all...it means holding something...like holding a
prop, holding another person's hand in group dances, it used to be
called HOLD, but people thought I meant a pause in time, but I was
talking about really holding something...so I changed the name of the
symbol to GRASP to make sure that people didn't think I meant
anything continuous...

The Grasp Symbol is for truly holding something between two fingers,
like holding your ear in the sign for EARRING, or holding your
clothing, in the sign for APPLY, or one hand holding the other one,
in the sign for MARRIAGE...

So continuous TOUCH is written differently...

Good night everyone!

Val ;-)


On Jun 12, 2005, at 8:40 PM, Charles Butler wrote:

Valerie et al,

How does one show continuous touch, not intermittent
touch, Valerie.  I thought that's what the grasp (+)
was for.  When the hands remain in touch as the
fingers flex, not an active touch (once) but an active
continuous touch (grasp).  It's not a turning motion
(like cheese) but the fingertips remain in continuous
contact.  I meant the (+) unless there is some
definition of touch that I am not aware of.

The old "flexing the fingers" (children's mime of a
spider doing push-ups on a mirror) to me would be a
grasp-touch, not a touch-touch.  How do you show
"continuous contact of the fingers when the fingers
flex against each other, not a rub, and not an active
touch which, to me is a motion having a beginning (not
touching) and an end (touching) rather than
"continuous touch from a beginning point (touching)
ending point (touching in a slightly different
position (such as a flex) but not a motion in a
direction (like rub)" It's like, to me, the equivalent
of a tension marker (perhaps that's what I'm trying to
show???), to show the position is in tension, holding
a contact in place.



--- Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org> wrote:

> SignWriting List
> June 12, 2005
> Hello Everyone, Stuart, Charles -
> OK. First, I fixed up both of your spellings a
> little...see
> attached...they are entries 3 and 4 for WALLET in
> the ASL SignPuddle...
> For Stuart's writing, I moved the hands closer to
> each other, to look
> like they are really touching. And for Charles'
> writing, I used Touch
> Contact instead of Grasp Contact, and made the Left
> arrow with a
> hollow arrowhead instead of the general
> arrow...Those were very
> minor...you can check them in the ASL
> SignPuddle...continued next
> message...

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