wrist flex and rotation
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Mon Jul 9 16:15:20 UTC 2007
July 9, 2007
Hello Cherie and Everyone!
Thank you for this message....
On Jul 9, 2007, at 5:18 AM, CWren at doe.k12.ga.us wrote:
> First off, sorry for dropping out of the conversation, it was a
> busy weekend. My daughter went off to summer camp. So I am
> catching up on things this morning.
Ha! I figured you were probably busy with other things, but I also
envisioned you drowning in Wrist Movement Symbols and struggling with
them, so it is good to know you had a weekend with your family!
No reason to worry about Wrist Movement Symbols right now...until I
can prepare the new instruction I have promised for so long, let's
just keep writing the best we can and in time it will become clearer
and not so bad after all!!
Just like everyone, I am juggling so many jobs at the same time, that
I have never finished the new instruction yet...I am hoping it will
help whenever it is prepared...It is more pictorial, with fewer
words...it may just help...
I have dreamed of instruction that has no spoken or signed language
at all to describe how to write SignWriting...It would be an entirely
international way to show visually how each symbol works, but solely
with illustrations or photos, and possibly some animation or
video...Each symbol could be explained in this visual way, which is
the way they were invented too...
It is when we start using the English language, that it has confused
One thing I learned this weekend...that the word "FLEX" and "ROTATE"
have several meanings to different people...and if those words were
not used, without changing any symbols, half the confusion will go
So instead of calling them Wrist Flex Symbols, let's just call them
Wrist Movement Symbols. Wrist Movement Symbols write movement from
the Wrist Joint, whether it is up and down, or side to side.
I am still trying to find another name for Rotation Symbols, so the
confusion with Rotate will go away. Essentially it is ELBOW JOINT
movement, where the wrist is locked as as a unit with the forearm,
and the whole Hand-Wrist-Forearm Pole (like a metal pole that cannot
bend), acts like a rotisserie spigot, and changes palm facing from
black to white or white to black, in place without traveling
anywhere...To find a new name for that will be wonderful... maybe the
Rotisserie Symbol - ha! Val ;-)
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