Rewriting Title of Cat in the Hat

CWren at DOE.K12.GA.US CWren at DOE.K12.GA.US
Tue Jul 3 19:05:14 UTC 2007

Fingerspelling of a title is Gramatically correct ASL.  The signing of it, 
'Cat with a wide-brimmed tall hat' is more along the lines of assigning a 
name-sign.  The facial expressions in the title section aren't really 
grammatically necessary.  While I describe the hat, I do have something 
that isn't a smile, but isn't a flat-line mouth either--  I'm not sure 
which symbol I would use to write it. 

Cherie Wren
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July 3, 2007

Cherie -
Regarding the title. Can you write it again with the facial 
expressions you used for placing the hat on the head and then lifting 
it? You seemed to press the lips together with a hidden smile, and 
there looks like maybe some air in the cheeks? And maybe a little 
body movement? And what are the eyebrows doing? Are they important to 
ASL grammar?

The title is so important to be pleasant and appealing so that 
readers want to read it, plus it needs to be clearly a title so you 
can differentiate it from the rest of the document. Maybe the sign 
for QUOTE in the front of the title?(...even though you did not sign 
it on the video..). Like some of our other documents?

The fingerspelling part...I realize you mouthed the words...I 
personally do not care about the fingerspelling part of the title and 
if I were the only editor (grin) I personally would only use the 
whole ASL signs for the title and forget the fingerspelling of Cat in 
the Hat...of course "by Dr. Seuss" has to remain in fingerspelling I 

And the letter H in fingerspelling is usually written in a 
standardized way with the fingers pointing directly side...I know you 
signed it the way you wrote the question of writing 
standardized fingerspelling is something we need to discuss...maybe 
that doesn't matter?

Here is a screen capture of your current title:

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