SW Handwriting Course Lesson 1 Posted!

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Tue Jan 9 16:50:42 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
January 9, 2007

Charles Butler wrote:
> Valerie, could you please post exactly what to do with the flat  
> hand parallel to the floor.  If both the bottom and top are off, I  
> don't see any way to separate the extended fingers.

Hello Charles!
Thank you for all your input on the Flat Hand!

I guess I am still learning how to explain these symbols in English.  
Don't let my word-explanations in English confuse you...English is  
not the point..

When I said extended fingers, I was referring to symbols that have a  
square for a base. Remember how Paul thought that all squares were  
the same? We have plain squares with only thumbs, and then we have  
squares that have extended fingers, like the Index finger handshape...

but the term "extended fingers" only applies to squares....

But a Flat Hand is not a square! it is a totally different category  
of symbol...of course all fingers are extended in a Flat Hand but we  
don't have to explain that, since that is what a Flat Hand is!

And spreading those fingers in the 5 hand, or writing the Spock  
Handshape, or whatever, will be coming in Lesson 2...Right now we are  
just writig the Flat Hand...

Here is how we write the Flat Hand now:

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