ASL sign for DOWNLOAD software

Adam Frost adam at FROSTVILLAGE.COM
Sat Dec 9 21:46:00 UTC 2006

Don't worry about rambling because that was exactly what I needed. I
realize that some of what I had written was wrong, which what my guts
were telling me. :-) Now I have something more concrate than just my
guts. (And if I want to teach others, relying on guts is never good.


On 12/9/06, Valerie Sutton <signwriting at> wrote:
> SignWriting List
> 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?
> Hello Adam!
> 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
> or course...
> 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
> isn't that 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
> 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 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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