spelling repeated movement

Natasha Escalada-Westland shash90 at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 29 15:53:29 UTC 2009

I just had a student ask me how to write a repeat motion last Friday. How timely.  Is there any additional symbology that means to repeat motion that might help clarify?

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


> From: signwriting at mac.com
> To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
> Subject: Re: [sw-l] spelling repeated movement
> Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 07:45:17 -0700
> SignWriting List
> March 29, 2009
> Hello Stefan! and everyone...
> Thank you for this message, and wow! it is so impressive to see how 
> many signs you have added to the German SignPuddle Dictionary:
> German Sign Language Dictionary in SignPuddle
> http://www.signbank.org/SignPuddle1.5/index.php?ui=8&sgn=53
> I see there are 8510 entries in your dictionary! You have been working 
> hard! Congratulations...
> Your question is a good one and has actually been discussed before 
> here on the List. Years ago...back in the 1980's, we tried this idea 
> of the repeated arrowheads and writing that way is fine and I love 
> it...but...people did not always read it the way I expected...so let 
> me try to explain how some people would do that motion...
> Instead of going back to the beginning of the first arrow three times, 
> they would do the first movement, and then they would move a tiny bit 
> more forward the second time, and a tiny bit more forward again the 
> third time...They would never return to the beginning position each 
> time...I was disappointed myself to see how that was read...so I 
> learned something from that...the three arrowheads have to become like 
> "one symbol" literally written on top of each other like this...see my 
> example attached...I put this in your German SignPuddle dictionary 
> under "test Val"...which you are welcome to delete! here it is:
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