where is this handshape?

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Thu Jan 26 15:10:00 UTC 2006

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January 26, 2006

Cherie from Georgia wrote:

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Hello Cherie:
So in other words, you want all five fingers up and stretched, and  
then you project the Index Finger alone, forward??

As you know, our handshapes are grouped by the numbers 1-10 in  
American Sign Language. The first symbol you show above is the 8 Hand  
Group, because Group 8 involves the Middle Finger. The MIddle Finger  
is the lowest finger in that handshape, so it determines that it is  
in Group 8....The second one is in the 9 Hand Group, because it  
involves the Index and Thumb...

Based on the lowest finger, the handshape you want should be in the  
first hand group for the Index Finger. But it is not there, you are  
right! It belongs at the end of Group 1. I need to add it to the  
IMWA, and that may take me a week or so...or whatever...I am always  
behind by several weeks work these days...so meanwhile, I would  
suggest using the 5 Hand, and just show contact with the Index finger  
in the 5 hand for now, until I can add the symbol you want...

Want to show me the sign you want to write?

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