playing with faces

CWren at DOE.K12.GA.US CWren at DOE.K12.GA.US
Tue Feb 7 18:28:00 UTC 2006

That sign is a vehicle classifier, fishtailing or swerving ...  Trying to 
write things that can't be easily glossed.

Most of the movement, the 'fishtailing,' comes from the wrist flexing. The 
back end of the car is going all over (wrist flexes) while the car is 
continuing to move forward.  I included the wrist flexes because they are 
the primary motion.  I suppose I don't really need them, since I put the 
different hand facings in there...  Like I said a while ago, I struggle 
with how much information is 'just enough' and how much is too much. 

Cherie Wren
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Cave Spring, GA 30124
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Re: [sw-l] playing with faces

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February 7, 2006

> Cherie wrote:
> according to the book, the last face has "mouth open teeth neutral" 
> but it looks right for what I want-- that "AH I'm gonna die 
> grimace" Which face should I have used for that?

Hello Cherie and Everyone!
I am sooo glad you are testing and using SignText. Today I am working 
with our SignBank programmer, Todd Duell, so it is great that you are 
giving Steve feedback, which I cannot at the

Regarding this sign, Cherie (see attached)...

What does it mean? smile...

The description "mouth open teeth neutral" was my way of explaining 
that you see the teeth, but the teeth are not chattering, or biting 
or grinding...they are just in plain view without any extra movement! 
So we use that symbol whenever the teeth are an important part of the I think it is fine!! If it looks like it, use it! smile...

Why the wrist flexing in this sign? It just looks like a palm-facing 
change, which you can see by the hand positions you wrote, so the 
wrist-flexing symbols are not necessary, unless you really want wrist 
flexing? Or are you trying to write rotations? Rotations are a 
different symbol. But anyway, I suspect the handshape changes are 
clear without any extra rotation

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