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March 29, 2009

On Mar 29, 2009, at 8:53 AM, Natasha Escalada-Westland wrote:
> 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?

Hello Natasha!
Thanks for this question. Yes, this is timely!

And thanks to Stefan for his suggestion of multiple arrowheads on one  
stemline...which is definitely used by some writers...including myself  
from time to time...

In general, repeated motion, in SignWriting, is most of the time  
written with double or triple arrows, written side by side going in  
the same direction, to show emphasis on the direction of movement...So  
whatever the motion is, if it repeats, you write the same symbol  
several times to show the repeated motion. People read this very  
quickly. Two movement arrows means repeated movement twice. Three  
movement arrows can mean three times, or multiple times.

Writing multiple arrowheads on one stemline is another alternative,  
although rare. You can build that in the ISWA with no problem.

Here are some of the repeated motion symbols in the ISWA already put  
together for you. Please see attached diagram:

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