Sign Names in SignWriting ;-)

K.J. Boal kjoanne403 at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue May 1 01:35:42 UTC 2007

I personally put the contact symbols as close to the point of contact as 
possible.  So, I have them under the handshape if it's at the top of the 
head, over the handshape if it's at the chin, and as for the side of the 
face... I'd usually have the contact symbols above the handshape because you 
tend to make contact with the fingers, not the thumb or the heel of the 


>From: "Valerie Sutton" <signwriting at MAC.COM>
>Reply-To: sw-l at
>To: sw-l at
>Subject: Re: [sw-l] Sign Names in SignWriting ;-)
>Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 17:56:08 -0700
>SignWriting List
>April 30, 2007
>Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>>An example is already in the ASL dictionary under Stuart. There is  one 
>>written as I have always written it, and then this new (old)  way. Hmm. I 
>>am curious why you and others picked under?  Standardization makes 
>>computers happy so that is why I ask ... even  if it means I have to 
>>change the spelling of my name. :)
>>On another note, I am fine with my photo being posted as well.
>Thanks for permission to post your photo ;-)
>And there is no standard on this contact-placement issue...
>It is your name and of course it should be written as you feel is  
> Stefan, can you change Stuart's name to this please? ;-)

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>Why did Lucinda and all of us at the time, write her name this way?

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>I suspect it must be connected with the fact that the C handshape is  low 
>on the face, rather than high like your name...
>Maybe it feels better placed high in your name because it is near the  top 
>of the head?
>A rule could develop from this, placing the stars above when the hand  is 
>high and the stars below when the hand is low?
>And what would be do with hands directly to the side of the face?
>I was playing around just now...what placement would you suggest for  these 
>make-believe signs? They are only touching twice...but with  different 
>choices as to the placement of the contact stars...

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>Your thoughts?
>Val ;-)

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