writing multi-party conversation

eghoffma at UMICH.EDU eghoffma at UMICH.EDU
Thu Aug 3 15:56:59 UTC 2006

Great - I think that the general prop symbol would work fine. My 
transcripts will not have to stand on their own - they will be heavily 
notated and will be followed by a lot of analysis - so I will be able 
to make the specific object in each case clear. But I would still like 
to include as much information in the transcript itself as possible and 
having a prop symbol would be nice, so that a reader doesn't assume 
that a contact or strike symbol must apply to some body part. I've been 
making my transcripts in the TextEditor. Can I access the prop symbols 
from Text Editor? If not, where can I get them?

Quoting Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org>:

> On Aug 2, 2006, at 9:23 AM, eghoffma at UMICH.EDU wrote:
>> Also, I have a lot of home signers in my data, who often  
>> incorporate the physical environment in their communication  
>> (reaching out to physically manipulate objects, trace on table  
>> tops, etc). I don't suppose sign writing has any means of  
>> representing contact with external physical objects? If not I can  
>> always describe these actions along with the glosses. I think most  
>> of these questions will work themselves out as I keep working, but  
>> I thought I'd throw some of these questions out there so I won't  
>> reinvent the wheel if someone has already worked through all this.
> OH Yes! We do have a way to contact objects...such as  
> skateboards...smile...and in DanceWriting, people hold onto each  
> other, or hold onto a bar or other props...Right now I am writing  
> holding an axe in Norwegian wood cutting...
> So let's talk about what the objects are...there are two ways to  
> write it...with a Prop Symbol, that does not tell you what the Prop  
> is...but generally tells you that something is being contacted or  
> referred to...or...we can develop a visual symbol for that specific  
> item...
> I believe Steve mentioned the skateboard writing. Here is an example  
> of the skateboard prop...without the visual representation of the  
> skateboard I don't think people could read the notation properly...
> http://movementwriting.org/sports/skateboarding/ollie/

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