Writing Heads Facing the Front Corner...something new ; -)

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Mar 17 23:02:06 UTC 2009

SignWriting List
March 17, 2009

Hello Everyone, and Cherie and Adam!

As you all know, Cherie Wren's Cat in the Hat is a real special  

Cat in the Hat in ASL

And this month, on March 27th and 28th, Cherie will be presenting a  
SignWriting workshop on the Cat in the Hat in American Sign Language,  
which Cherie translated, signed on video, and wrote from video in  
SignPuddle on the web... a true classic...

I hope some of you can attend the workshop in Alabama...the  
registration form is on the front page of our web site:

Cat in the Hat workshop
download flyer

Anyway...the Cat in the Hat had influence on the International  
SignWriting Alphabet (the ISWA 2008), because while I was finalizing  
the ISWA, Cherie was writing the document in SignPuddle, and I could  
see that certain symbols were needed to make the writing of  
storytelling better...so now, before the upcoming workshop, I am going  
through some of the pages in Cat in the Hat to find some areas where  
some of the new ISWA symbols might make the document more up to  
date...Cherie gave me permission to do this and I have been enjoying  
reviewing the document, but will not make changes without being  
sure  ;-)

Here attached is one new area that i think has great promise...we have  
some new symbols in the ISWA for "the head turned to face the front  
corner"...We never had these before, so this is something new...We can  
now differentiate between the head facing straight forward, which is  
the simple Facial or Head Circle....and the body and head facing the  
front corner. When facing the front corner, the head and shoulders  
become darker on the side that is closest to the reader (the reader is  
standing behind the signer)...so when the body faces the corner we can  
now show that the head is facing the corner too, without using arrows  
to show the head is turning.

This is good because the arrows are supposed to show a true neck  
movement turning the nose, but if the whole body faces the front  
corner, then the neck is not stretching and turning...it is just  
facing the front corner in a neutral way...This is kind of hard to  
explain but I tried in this attached diagram...I have not made these  
changes in your original document, Cherie, but in a copy instead, and  
if it is ok with you, I would like to change the heads that "face the  
front corner" to the new heads with the darker rim, rather than having  
arrows on top of the heads...we don't have to update the document if  
you don't want to, but at least I want to inform you...I can make the  
changes with your permission...

Thanks for the great document!!

See attached...

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