ASL sign for DOWNLOAD software
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Sat Dec 9 21:34:55 UTC 2006
December 9, 2006
Adam Frost wrote:
> Yes! That looks great. Seeing this icon brings up a question I had
> when I was doing some hand writting (for quick and simplicity). When
> you have a close (or any other finger movement) and you only write one
> handshape, which is the position that should be written? I thought it
> was the initial, but here you have the final. Was I wrong?
I am glad you asked this question. It is not always the beginning
position. Not at all, in fact. Sometimes it is, but most of the time
it is other rules that govern the choice...
Writing both the beginning and ending positions is the most accurate
But when you want to shorten the writing of a sign, and you must
choose one or the other, you choose:
1. The Position of Contact...see Spelling Rule:
or if there is no contact....
2. The Position of Focus (the position that holds the most meaning)
Number 2 needs a web page with a spelling rule written for you...it
isn't that hard...it is the fact that just the V hands by themselves
could mean many things, but the result of the bending of the fingers
is what tells you the information that you grabbed something, and so
the ending position of the bending of the fingers are the result of
the meaning of the sign...
Think about reading something quickly for meaning...what is most
meaningful, like the contact in a sign, is what is most
important...and seeing that contact is what is needed first and
foremost...like contacting your chest twice...we don't write the hand
far away from the chest first...we instead write the position of
contact on the chest...but that is the second position...the landing
on the chest is not the first position...so we write the second
position more than the first position actually although most people
don't think about it...
smile...I hope I have made myself clear...sorry for rambling on and
on - Val ;-)
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