New Handshapes in the ISWA 2007

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Mon Jul 2 19:32:00 UTC 2007

Hello Stefan!
Of course I know exactly what you mean...there are several handshapes  
like that...I will try to explain the reason behind the "visual  
irritation"... but not today...;-))

Meanwhile, are you asking to change the thickening or darkening of  
the fingers, depending on which one is closer to the chest? If the  
Index Finger is closer to the chest then the Index would be darker?  
and if the Middle Finger is closer to the chest, the Middle Finger  
that would be darkened?

Like these examples that use thick or thin that way in Group 9, for  
the thumbs in front of, or behind the index finger at an Angle?

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I will try that...and that is fine in the Expressive, but to add a  
second handshape just so the darkening reverses in the Receptive, is  
another 96 symbols added to the maybe we can only add the  
Expressive that ok with you? I believe the EMA diagrams are  
showing both Expressive and Receptive...which is terrific of course!

Val ;-)

PS. The symbols above in the attached do not reverse for the  
Receptive either, so the IMWA symbols are actually all based on the  
Expressive...this detail has not been very obvious until now...most  
people will memorize what the symbol represents and not worry about  
the visual details is my least i hope so ;-)


On Jul 2, 2007, at 12:10 PM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:

> Hi Valerie, and sw-list
> EMA – 24 handshape
> well – as long as we will see this handshape it will remind us of  
> the given
> EMA handshape – smile –
> so it is a great symbol to guide the reader ...
> I always get in trouble with all these handshape – symbols  if the  
> index
> moves from the back of the hand line toward the palm-line  ;-((
> compared to the straight up index it seems strange and is somehow  
> visually
> iritating ... but I guess that you had to make this decision some  
> time in
> the past in order to get along ...
> What do you think – can you or would you thicken the line for the
> middle-finger on the right side of the chart in order to indicate  
> that it is
> close to the body  - just as you did with the thumb on the other side?
> What do you think?
> Stefan ;-)
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: owner-sw-l at
> [mailto:owner-sw-l at] Im Auftrag von Valerie  
> Sutton
> Gesendet: Montag, 2. Juli 2007 20:48
> An: sw-l at
> Betreff: [sw-l] New Handshapes in the ISWA 2007
> SignWriting List
> July 2, 2007
> New Handshapes in the ISWA 2007
> Can you read this symbol? It was not an easy one!!
> Thanks again to the photographer and illustrator helping us see  
> it ;-))
> Could you read the symbol without the photo and illustration to back
> it up?

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