Group 1 handshape symbol differentiation

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Sep 29 02:22:45 UTC 2008

SignWriting List
September 28, 2008

On Sep 28, 2008, at 7:00 PM, Natasha Escalada-Westland wrote:
> Thank you for all your replies!  I really like the animations.  They  
> are helpful.  Yet, after reading and looking at everything, I am  
> still not completely sure.  After reading Adam's post, perhaps now  
> my question is, how are all these symbols different? Matching the  
> symbols with whole signs has been very helpful to me in the past.  I  
> will try to describe the hand position to confirm if I understand.
>  This hand would be palm up, occurring in the lower portion of my  
> sign space, the way I might sign "sometimes"
>  ?


Hi Natasha!
The white palm, without a break in the finger, means that the palm of  
the hand is facing your chest...The back of the hand is away from your  
body. The hand is parallel to the Front Wall. All of these palm  
facings have 8 rotations. Not all of the 8 rotations are used in  
writing signs you know. But they are positions that exist in the  
writing system in general.

So you are not required to find a sign for each position...This is  
just showing you the basic theory behind the system...there are 8  
rotations for most symbols, and a white palm means you are looking at  
the palm of your hand...

See attached...we can find signs for each of these symbols in a later  
message...I still haven't answered your last message!

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