writing rules?

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Wed Aug 8 16:05:50 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
August 8, 2007

Hello Honza!
Thanks for the question below. SignWriting is based on the idea that  
the paper you are writing on, or your computer screen, has an  
imaginary 3-D if you imagine, in Expressive view, that forward or the  
front wall is the top of the paper, and back is down at the bottom of  
the paper....like standing on a raked (slanted) stage in a theater,  
with your back to the audience...the reader is at the bottom of the  

So that is why the first number 1 in the attached has the hand closer  
to the front wall slightly higher, because it is closer to the front  
wall...it is a 3-D idea that we use...and for me that is enough  
without the Surface Symbols. But then for accuracy, we started using  
more Surface Symbols. For everyday use, I think the 3-D feeling is  
enough to read for meaning probably...

Regarding writing the 5 hand one in front of the other and moving  
together forward, here is how i would write it, plus side by side is  
in this diagram too, to the right ...

the General arrow helps a lot because it shows they are moving  
forward together on the same blended movement-path...so the reader  
will guess that one is behind the other....

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On Aug 7, 2007, at 12:45 PM, Honza wrote:

> http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less030.html
> there are two signs.(first line, second line)  Is the difference  
> between writing down that signs in writing handshapes close to each  
> other but with a gap and without any gap (and not in one line)? I  
> think it is easy to write this signs, but what if there were 5- 
> handshapes and no contact on the nose?  thanks for your reply. I am  
> just prepairing for lessons and students always ask that kind of  
> questions and I don't see clear rules in that.
> thanks  Honza

Your question is relating to this:

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