Liquid sign

Natasha Escalada-Westland shash90 at HOTMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 7 23:26:06 UTC 2009


This was my visualization of this.  If you really look at the arms, there's no left to right motion at all.  They actually raise up and down.  The illusion of motion is given by wrist flexion and finger flexion.  No?

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


> From: signwriting at
> To: sw-l at
> Subject: Re: [sw-l] Liquid sign
> Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2009 14:50:06 -0800
> SignWriting List
> March 7, 2009
> On Mar 7, 2009, at 2:37 PM, Cherie Wren wrote:
> > I think I over emphasized the movement in the video... It isnt 
> > really that large normally, and I normally only do 2 repetitions 
> > when its in a sentence. When I was analyzing the movement, I looked 
> > at just one hand and imagined a dot on the hand and tried to 
> > visualize its path of motion, thats where I got the circle. I knew 
> > it wasn't ...good enough... complete... right... whatever- but 
> > didn't know what else to do. It does have a "to the right- to the 
> > right" wave feel, but..... but I don't know. My first thought was 
> > a figure eight, because of the wave and then back to starting motion.
> > cherie
> Hello Cherie -
> This is an excellent sign to discuss and I suspect the discussion will 
> go on for weeks!!
> Today here is my last attempt (I have to go to an appointment now and 
> will turn my computer off for the day)...
> I am looking forward to other people's writing...I am sure we can find 
> something that becomes well accepted over time...
> Some signs just take time...I want to thank you, Adam, and Natasha and 
> Cherie for your videos - those are really a help...and also Stefan and 
> Charles, for your writing and comments...
> Years ago, we had a little unspoken rule that if we wanted Wrist 
> Motion, we added an arm line, or a tiny wrist line, at an angle to the 
> handshape...and that would indicate that there is Wrist Motion during 
> an arm movement...if the arm line or wrist line was at an angle to the 
> other words...if the Wrist looked flexed already, in 
> the starting position of the sign, then it meant that wrist motion 
> continued throughout the sign...
> I haven't mentioned that old rule for years, but it is an idea that we 
> could develop further...
> Anyway, here is another way of writing the sign based on that idea, 
> creating the look or feel of a wrist flex, by adding the arm lines...
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