Surface of Fingers

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Sun Jul 22 20:12:37 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
July 22, 2007

Hi Everyone!
Did you know how the Surface Symbols started?

The Surface Symbols were originally developed to write the surface of  

A way to write the details of contacting the inside, outside, under  
and over surfaces of fingers. For a dance once, we had to write  
rubbing in the crease between fingers too, and so we had Surfaces  
"inbetween" as well...

This first diagram appeared in the DanceWriting textbook published in  
1979. At that time, we used A, B, C etc to show the section of the  
finger being contacted. Later we just circled the section of the  
finger line...but the Surface Symbols have been used ever since, and  
are now expanding to show the contact of larger surfaces, such as  
entire hands...

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