LESSON Finger Bends Middle Joint Closes

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Fri Jun 16 23:22:56 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
June 16, 2006

Vanessa Hodge wrote:
> For example, if the finger was only bending when it was
> farther away from your body, could you put the dot near that location
> on the arrow.

Most signs have a beginning and ending position. The Squeeze usually  
happens in the ending position. The finger or fingers start straight  
and then Squeeze. So the Squeeze happens at the end.

If you are already writing both the beginning and ending positions,  
it is not necessary to write any Squeeze symbol since the two  
positions provide the information.

The Squeeze dots were invented when we wanted to throw away one of  
the positions. Since the Squeeze influences the ending position, we  
throw away the beginning position in most cases, and use the Squeeze  
dot at the end of the arrow tip, or on top of the ending  
position...Attached are some examples of the sign for HUNDRED in ASL...

Has this information helped? Write to ask questions!  Val ;-)

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