Contact symbol put where? :-)

Adam Frost icemandeaf at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 1 02:53:31 UTC 2007

Hmm... I was looking at others of my writing, and it looks as though the rule that I said is not what I do. So I thought about it hard. (Made a few people around me wonder what was wrong. Ha!) Maybe it is that I place the contact under the handshape unless there is a symbol already under (ie Stuart's sign name or table). So Val, with your question I would choose the contacts under. Not on the side. Glad that we are having the discussion. :-)



-----Original Message-----
From: "Valerie Sutton" <signwriting at MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 19:25:35 
To:sw-l at
Subject: Re: [sw-l] Contact symbol put where? :-)

SignWriting List
April 30, 2007

Adam Frost wrote:
> My personal general rule for contact placing (could be entirely  
> wrong but for what it's worth) is that the handshape that is doing  
> the contact has the contact symbol on the opposite side of the  
> contact. So if you look at both Stuart's and Cindy's sign name, you  
> see that the double touch is opposite of the actual contact  
> (releative of course).
> Just my 2 cents thoughts.

On Apr 30, 2007, at 7:12 PM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> Yeah. That makes sense to me. What about Philip and other Deaf on  
> the list?  What do you all think?
> Stuart

Adam and Stuart!

This feels right to me, and no surprise it is coming from Deaf people  
who are skilled with SignWriting already...

Signers who use a Sign Language as their daily primary language have  
influenced almost every rule we have with SignWriting. And this is no  
exception! Very exciting ;-))))

The Position of Contact rule came from working with our first group  
of DAC members...

There are Movement Writing rules and SignWriting rules, and they both  
are used, but I love the fact that signers who are Deaf influence the  
SignWriting rules...

Anyway...following this rule, I want to be sure I understand how you  
both would write the one with the hand to the side of the cheek...see  
attached...I would think it would be the contact symbols to  
side?...those are opposite the Position of Contact?

We will have a lot of signs to change in the dictionary! ;-)

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