how to write big waves

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Mon Nov 10 14:34:31 UTC 2008

SignWriting List
November 10, 2008

On Nov 10, 2008, at 3:04 AM, Honza wrote:
> I think the best is the simple "waves" written by Val.
> I just wonder, if it is clear, that hands also rotates during the  
> movement. (first fingers are up, then forward, up again, forward)  
> maybe it is necessary to add "wrist" movement?

Hi Honza -
For me, I feel it is not necessary to write so much detail. I think in  
this case, you can assume that people will know that the hands wave  
along with the movement...why make it harder for the reader?

You can choose to be detailed and write exactly what you see, but that  
is for research.

You can also choose to write in the most simple SignWriting as  
possible, to make it easier for the reader...

Here is how I write signs:

1. I write the simplest writing possible, that I believe others who  
already know the sign language, could read.

2. I then ask myself:  "Is there another sign that could be confused  
with this simple writing?"

3. If the answer is yes, then you put in more detail.

4. But if there is no other sign that can be confused with the  
writing, then you keep it simple.

I think it would be very rare that there could be a sign, where the  
hands would remain with the fingers pointing to the sky, while the  
arms wave forward...can you think of such a sign in Czech Sign Language?

Another idea is to ask people to read the sign, to see if they produce  
the movement properly from the writing...If they keep the fingers  
pointing to the sky, and wave the arms, then you will know that you  
need to show the palm facing change...

Anyway...let's keep writing as simple as possible...because there is  
still a lot of detail there in the face, which is necessary the reader still has a lot to figure out

So those are my thoughts...if you want to put in the palm facing  
change, Honza, of course do that if you feel it is necessary...

Val ;-)

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