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

Natasha Escalada-Westland shash90 at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 4 10:40:47 UTC 2009

Yes the  movement is rather like an Egyptian dancer.  Sort of a bobbling of the head, nose held high in front, while the eyes shift left and right.  The feet alternate.

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



From: stefanwoehrmann at
To: sw-l at
Subject: AW: [sw-l] writing body and head motions with repetition
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 00:19:18 +0100

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 22:58
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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