I need an arrow

CWren at DOE.K12.GA.US CWren at DOE.K12.GA.US
Wed Jun 21 18:39:51 UTC 2006

Strange! I loaded one of Cherie's versions into SignMaker to adapt it 
to an alternative I thought of and when it saved, it overwrote Cherie's 
mainstream_2. I was intending mainstream_6 and though it would 
automatically write it in as #6 when I saved it as mainstream. I'm not 
sure why it didn't. (Sorry, Cherie!)

No problem...  Too many mainstream kids anyway...  (joke)

Anyway, I wanted to suggest this alternative in the spelling like in 
the attached image. This keeps the handshapes apart. With the ending 
position, I don't know if we need athe twist on the arrow since the 
change in handshape already indicates that. Also, I think the surface 
symbol is useful here to show both hands, but you still know they are 
on top of each other. Finally, I sense more of a ending rub than an 
ending touch, so I replaced the touch with a rub.  What do you think? I 
thought this might help to keep the emphasis of the individual within a 
group that the sign is clearly emphasizing.

As to the rub--  I've seen it signed two ways:  one, the hands contact 
early in the 'merge' and they 'rub' into final position:  and two, the 
hands stay separate till the final position, when contact is made.  I tend 
to sign it more the second way, you must sign it more the first way. 
::smile::  So, they're both right?

As to the surface symbol--  I asked about that one a long time ago, in 
regards to the sign "English," which I couldn't make sense of in something 
I was reading, because the handshapes were on top of each other.  At that 
time, I was told that the surface symbol was pretty much used only in 
research, not in everyday writing.  So I have avoided it ever since.  You 
are confusing me now...  ::holds head and whines:: 

Cherie Wren
GSD Staff Interpreter
232 Perry Farm Rd
Cave Spring, GA 30124
706-766-0766 Cell

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