wrist flex versus rotation

Stuart Thiessen sw at PASSITONSERVICES.ORG
Sat Jul 7 01:11:27 UTC 2007

I mimicked what you said. While there is a slight rotation of the  
forearm to make the movement, I would also see it as a wrist flexing  
because of the movement is more like the movement in YES than the  
movement in AGREE. Just my 2 cents worth.



On 6 Jul 2007, at 19:01, Cherie Wren wrote:

> The palm faces in to the body (with no change), but the fingertips  
> rotate from horizontal to pointing down...  the movement, as I  
> watch my arm signing it, is entirely in the forearm.
> cherie
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Valerie Sutton <signwriting at MAC.COM>
> To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
> Sent: Friday, July 6, 2007 6:58:01 PM
> Subject: Re: [sw-l] wrist flex versus rotation
> On Jul 6, 2007, at 3:25 PM, Cherie Wren wrote:
> > When I write the sign YES, there is a palm facing change, but it is
> > a wrist flex.  Initially my palm is facing out, then my wrist bends
> > and my palm is now facing down, then repeat.  CAN can be signed
> > with just a wrist flex, although you will more often see it with a
> > larger downward movement, but there is palm facing change.  When I
> > sign this sign, which I gloss as WOW, the angle of the wrist is not
> > changing, it is at roughly a 90 degree angle to the forearm, that
> > angle stays roughly the same throughout.  I think of (thought of) a
> > wrist flex as a change in that angle between hand and forearm...A
> > rotation I saw as that angle staying the same, but the forearm
> > twisting.
> >
> > cherie
> Yes, that is correct. The sign for YES can be thought of as the back
> of the hand palm facing change, but it is a Wrist Flex none-the-
> less...you are right about that. So what i said before is not always
> true either!
> For me, these symbols are so easy that I obviously have trouble
> explaining them.
> And of course CAN can be a Wrist Flex as well. But both those signs
> do not Rotate at the forearm, as you said above...
> What are the palm facings of the beginning and ending position of the
> sign we were discussing from Cat in the Hat 2? I had seen that as a
> Wrist Flex, but if you feel it is a rotation, then what palm facing
> starts and what palm facing finishes?
> Val ;-)
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