AW: [sw-l] Writing Number 16 in ASL

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Thu Aug 23 05:49:03 UTC 2007

Hi Valerie and sw-listers, 

having read all the comments from Stuart, Adam, Cherie... 

well it seems again as if I am the only one who would prefer a kind of
"clean" lexical entry - 

the reason to show the extended thumb and the additional movement-arrow is
to allow a quick and easy reading!

It is interesting to me that sometimes additional signs (like this
movement-arrow) prevent any disturbance - well otherwise there are two hand
symbols presented and you have to figure out whether you are dealing with a
two handed sign, or a typo .., or what ??
In this case a right hand (indicated by the fill of the movement arrow) is
moving to the next position with a new hand shape - makes sense ... 

Of course - Stuart - in fluent and everyday signing many lexical entries
would be changed in the actual performance (compared to co-articulation in
spoken languages) but that should not be an argument against pure lexical
entries so that a beginner or uninformed reader should get the chance to
start from a "secure" basis - 

...and Valerie - yes I can understand your need to simplify spelling just in
order to get along with the space that is available at the end of a page - 
hm .. nevertheless I would not drop symbols if that would lead to reading
problems ... 

Just my thoughts -- 

Have a nice day everyone 

Stefan ;-) 

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: sw-l-bounces at
[mailto:sw-l-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 22. August 2007 19:18
An: List SignWriting
Betreff: [sw-l] Writing Number 16 in ASL

SignWriting List
August 22, 2007

Everyone -
Here are four ways that the number 16 could be written...

I am curious...

which one would you choose?

When we are using the numbers as page numbers (very tiny at the  
bottom of each page), is the Rotation Arrow really necessary?

Is it ever necessary in this case, since we are writing both hand  
positions anyway?

I look forward to your answers!  Val ;-)


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