A question about "bigness" of signs

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Mar 7 13:52:41 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
March 7, 2006

Barbara Pennacchi from Italy wrote:
> we were wondering over how to mark the only difference between one  
> sign from another, i.e. the "bigness" of the movement. The semantic  
> change is just related to nuances of meaning, anyway....

Hello Barbara and Everyone!
Thank you for your question. Great to hear from you again...Actually  
we have been writing different sizes of movement since the beginning  
of the writing system in 1974, so this is not new at all. When  
writing by hand, you have complete flexibility. The only limitation  
that exists is that some of our software may not have all the sizes  
you need when creating computer documents...that is why the IMWA  
keeps getting bigger - ha!!

In SignWriter DOS, SignWriter Java, SignPuddle and SignText...there  
is a Variations Key that you can tap or click on, that changes the  
size of some arrows. Imagine you have a Movement Arrow on the screen  
selected, in SignText. If you click on the Variations Key, the  
Movement Arrow will change sizes...usually three sizes.

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