AW: [sw-l] writing body and head motions with repetition

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Mar 4 00:35:07 UTC 2009

If you have ever watched the RoadRunner cartoons, this is precisely what the Road Runner does.  The eyes go buggy, but the nose stays pointing straight ahead. One cannot tell which foot is moving first.  

The only thing I'd add would be an alternate arc for the feet.


From: Stefan Wöhrmann <stefanwoehrmann at>
To: SignWriting List <sw-l at>
Sent: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 6:19:18 PM
Subject: AW: [sw-l] writing body and head motions with repetition

Hi Natasha, 
I do not know the
performance of the signer – can you describe the “her
head right, left, right, left.” – you describe this like an Egyptian
dancer – nose staying in front – 
Another problem is the spelling of the “feet”
– both feet running simultaneously ??? forward –like hopping? 
It seems to be a challenge to write this
performance ... 
Stefan ;-)

Von:sw-l-bounces at
[mailto:sw-l-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Natasha Escalada-Westland
Gesendet: Dienstag, 3. März 2009
An: SignWriting Listserve
Betreff: [sw-l] writing body and
head motions with repetition
Hello list,
I am trying to transcribe a portion of a story told by Ella Mae Lentz called
"Coyote and Roadrunner". In this there is a portion where she
describes the Roadrunner character.  Her body sways left to right and
simultaneously turns her head right, left, right, left.  As her head
turns, her eye gaze also shifts from looking up to the right then up to the
left along with the previously described head turns.  During this entire
series, she uses "one" handshapes to show the Roadrunner's legs
running furiously.  Below is my attempt to write all this:

Maybe there's just too much information for one sign, but it sure seems like a
single entity when I watch the video.
Any feedback would be appreciated.

Natasha Escalada-Westland, M.Ed. (D/HH), Macromedia Cert.
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