Order of writing
kjoanne403 at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 21 02:12:24 UTC 2006
I tend to place the symbols in that order too, depending on what sign I'm
writing. I was recently writing a sign where I started with the shoulders;
placed the hands, contact symbols and movement symbol in that order, and
then went back and added a facial expression. If I need the head as part of
the sign, though, I place it first, same as you.
>From: "Jason Hopkins" <codenosher at YAHOO.COM>
>Reply-To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>To: SignWritingList <sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu>
>Subject: [sw-l] Order of writing
>Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 14:17:22 -0800 (PST)
>I'm new to SW. I find the reading pretty straight forward, but writing
>takes some extra thought.
>One thing that is unique with trying to document a visual language is the
>order in which to start laying out the symbols. I don't mean word order,
>but the order in which the different aspects of a sign are written.
>Some parts of the sign are not needed, so I have to determine, from the
>available symbols, which are NOT necessary to convey my meaning. Then I
>need to decided where to put the symbols. The order of placement is what
>I'm finding interesting.
>I know, it's a detail that is probably absorbing too much of my attention,
>but that's the kind of guy I am :)
>I tend to follow this order:
>Hand shape, Orientation
>Movement Direction, Arrow Choice
>I don't follow this like a checklist, it just happens to be the order I use
>when constructing a SW image. Some symbols are clearly not needed for a
>specific sign in order to convey full meaning, so I don't worry about them.
>For example, when I create the SW image for "ponder", I first think to
>myself, in this case I need a head ad a face. On the face I need eyebrows
>and a mouth. I don't even think about not needing shoulders, it doesn't
>even come up. I then determine the hand shape and orientation, and where
>to put them in relation to the face. Then I think about movement direction
>and what arrows will best show it.
>I'm curious, is this the type of thought process that others use? Do you
>use this order or something different?
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