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Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Sat Mar 11 15:53:20 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
March 11, 2006

Hello Ingvild, Charles, Stefan, Philippe and everyone!
Thank you for your visual explanation, Ingvild. I immediately  
understood what you meant when I saw it written in SignWriting!

In your example (attached), the first two already use the General  
Arrow in SignWriting, following the current rules ;-))

So it is only the classifier example...the third one...that we have  
been writing with two arrows...

The first and second ones are what I mean when I say SAME  
PATH..obviously if the hands are touching it is the same path, and  
even overlapping paths (the first one) are the SAME PATH...because  
how else would you write it? The two arrows would collide with each the General arrow was designed for these kinds of cases...

The third one is not the same path, so it does represent teaching  
SignWriting differently. Philippe was suggesting that signs like  
DEPRESSION or my example of POSSIBLE would be written with one  
general arrow, and that is what the Danes do I believe...

Although I understand totally what you mean about the feeling behind  
the classifier, I think that some people would look at that and think  
that writing DEPRESSION with one arrow would be the same  
it makes it harder to teach...

So I think you should do just what you feel is best for classifiers,  
and we can place that in books as an exception! smile... So it is  
fine if you feel it is correct...I can see there is a feeling behind ;-)

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