When writing a document in SW...
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Aug 22 01:36:13 UTC 2006
August 21, 2006
Hi James -
James Shepard-Kegl, Esq. wrote:
> "Lanes", eh? As in "topic markers" and "role shifting", I reckon.
No. Lanes is a SignWriting term for writing Spatial Comparisons (or
whatever other name it might be called), but that is actually not
role shifting...it is comparing one thing on the left with the other
thing on the right...but you are not changing roles...just comparing
one item with another...and when people do these comparisons in Sign
Language, they shift their weight a little to one side of
center...their whole upper body shifts a little to the left or
right..not necessarily twisting, but just upper-body-shifting...this
cannot be written properly in either SignWriter DOS or SignWriter
Java because writing from left to right, horizontally, weight-
shifting is not easy to write or read...just placing the hands on the
left or right of the shoulders is not enough to show the shifting of
weight...Vertical lanes provide this weight shifting information and
are easy to read...I explained it to Judy when she was here earlier...
You can read about Lanes in this Grammar document below:
Writing in Lanes
> There is a symbol for that, or at least, a symbol that I use for
> that (arrow
> showing twist of the torso to the left or right, as applicable), as
> shifting is critical and must be conveyed. In this way, I can
> write left to
> right, although this would work vertically just as well.
That arrow is for a twisting torso, but it does not show the whole
upper body adjusting itself to the left or right of center. A
twisting arrow does show the torso twisting to one side or the other,
but not shifting its weight to one side or the other...So technically
you could have a twisting of the torso, but still have the whole body
over in the left lane or right lane...so those are two different
> Snag it works with SignWriter Java, which gives me the white
Great. I am so glad you have tools that work for you!
Did Judy show you SignText with Lanes?
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