AW: [sw-l] Ethiopian Handshapes in the IMWA

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Wed Jul 12 20:09:18 UTC 2006

Hi Valerie, Eyasu and friends of EMA 

I agree and I can understand that it is an immense task to create all the
sets of 96 symbols for one single handshape - 

Let me suggest the following procedure. I can immagine the the Ethiopian
experts are the only people to tell us what they really see, sign, feel -
smile - while performing their fingerspelling 

Perhaps you can suggest a first idea on how you would write a given
handshape - and some of them look so complicated - 

If our team would discuss this spelling you will know that you don#t waste
any precious time with creating new symbols if in the end the experts focus
on a detail that has not been obvious to us - 

(I know what I am talking about because it took us so many back and forth
emails to clarify what we should agree upon - while I tried to take the same
fotos - ha it has not been easy at all !!!) 

Attached you find a first graphic with my best guess how to write the
handshapes in SW. 

This proposed procedure is just an idea - it has not to happen if you prefer
a different strategy. 

Stefan ;-)   

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Betreff: Re: [sw-l] Ethiopian Handshapes in the IMWA

SignWriting List
July 12, 2006

Page 1 of the Ethiopian Manual Alphabet
document shows us three handshapes. The
first one is already in the IMWA. But
the second and third handshapes need to
be a Circle Base (an Open Fist), rather
than the square base, which is a Tight

When we write by hand it is so fast to
write the difference between a square
and a circle...but in computers, each
one is a separate symbol that needs all
96 flops and rotations...

So today I will add the second and third
handshapes to the IMWA.

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