AW: [sw-l] spelling question

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Sun Apr 20 18:16:30 UTC 2008

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April 20, 2008

Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
> thanks for your comments. Well I can understand this idea about a  
> “center of a sign”  . If there are no arrows involved – just the  
> pure circles with the thin and thick part I have no problem to see  
> them arranged in a symmetric way with the tick part outside.  In  
> combination with the arrows it “feels” sometimes as if I focus more  
> on these ..(like spelling A)  . but following your rule as if  
> looking into a room in front of me it makes sense to write it as in  
> spelling B  though both arrows on the right side seem to push the  
> hands visually to the right side...Anyway it has been helpfull to  
> think about it --- L.I.F.E, Thanks again, Stefan ;-)

Hello Stefan, Ingvild, Adam and everyone -

Of course I can see your point, Stefan, and I bet most people would be  
able to read the sign correctly either way, however, following the  
"Center of the Sign" series of rules, I would choose your example B in  
the attached...

Each sign has a center, and the body has a center too. The symbols  
relate to the center of the sign, and also to the center of the body.

This has been helpful in standardizing the writing of signs.

Of course, there are many signs in the SignPuddles that need to be  
changed, to follow these when the ISWA 2008 is  
installed into the new SignPuddle 2.0 (in a couple of months), we hope  
to go back to look at all the signs in the ASL SignPuddles, and with  
the help of ASL signers, re-edit some of them, so the rules are  

So we are making slow and steady progress...

Thank you for your kind attention to so many important details...

Val ;-)

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