Quebec...Question writing sign PAPA

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Thu Aug 16 01:36:01 UTC 2007

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August 15, 2007

Andre - I realized that my answer to you earlier today may have given  
you the misimpression that all signs are like the sign for PAPA, but  
actually the sign for FATHER or PAPA is an exception...(languages  
always have ;-)

FATHER is an exception because the hand is in front of the face, and  
so because we have to move the hand above the face so we can see the  
face, the thumb looks like it is far away from the top of the head,  
when it really isn't...that is why we have to place the contact star  
near the thumb, because otherwise we would not know what is touching  
the head...

But most signs can show the hand very close to the place of in those cases, we try to write the sign the way it  
looks in real life, and then the Touch Contact Stars are written near  
the place of contact....but they don't come in-between the hand and  
the place of contact...

This Spelling Rule is called "Write the Position of Contact" and it  
is important to read that on this web page:

Position of Contact

here are two diagrams that are on that page that show what I place the two contacting hands close to each other, rather  
than being separated by the contact stars...

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