wrist flex versus rotation

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Fri Jul 6 19:44:55 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
July 6, 2007

On Jul 6, 2007, at 12:17 PM, CWren at doe.k12.ga.us wrote:
> OK, this one confuses me.  My forearms are aimed half way between  
> straight forward and parallel with the chest, but feel more  
> straight forward to me, The movement feels like it is in the  
> forearm, not in the wrist, to me.  How can I tell the difference?

OK. There is a clear difference.

1. A Rotation Symbol marks the change from one palm facing to another  
palm facing.

2. A Flex Wrist Symbol does NOT write the change of palm facing, but  
instead it writes the change of the angle of the hand, when no change  
of palm facing occurs.

In this sign (see attached), you still have white palms towards your  
body no matter what the angle of the hand, so you are writing the  
change of Angle:

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