Write a sentence using listing in ASL

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Sun Nov 2 22:12:13 UTC 2008

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November 2, 2008

On Nov 2, 2008, at 1:05 PM, Natasha Escalada-Westland wrote:
> I have looked through the writing lessons online, but remain unsure  
> as to how I would show a handshape held on the weak hand throughout  
> an entire sentence, as when somone would list items or people, while  
> the dominant hand continues to sign and refer to the weak hand.  
> Would I use a symbol for "Unit Dynamics" (a light gray line), and if  
> so, where can I find that in the SignPuddle? Thank you!


Hello Natasha!
Thanks for this question. No. We would not use the Unit Dynamics  
Line...definitely not ;-)))

Holding the non-dominant hand in space, while the dominant hand  
continues to sign, is written with a Tension Symbol placed underneath  
the hand that is held in space....The Tension Symbol is showing that  
that position is being "held in one place"... In the attached example  
we call it "classifiers", but even if it is not a classifier...any  
hand that is "held in space" has a Tension Symbol under it...

Here is a good example from Goldilocks. Notice the C handshape with  
the left hand. It is held in the C position, while the right hand is  
signing...the C hand represents the bowl, while the other hand is  
spooning porridge...

So place a Tension Symbol underneath the hand that is written in one  
place, and write it throughout all the signs that have it held in  

See attached example...I will find you more too...

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