AW: [sw-l] Namibia handshape construction

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Sun May 31 15:47:25 UTC 2009


Hello Valerie and Everyone, 


First of all - thank you so much for your kind support ... 


Obviously this SW-symbol for the “Namibia” - handshape seems to be another
one that is hard for me to understand. What is the reason for that? 


I just thought of these pictures ??? 


Is it possible that some handshape – symbols are difficult to understand for
me because I cannot identify YOUR way to look at the hand? Smile - 





You can look at them in a different way – smile. 

– a joung lady or an old lady? 


Nevertheless I would love to understand your explanation – 


I prepared two graphics – coming next message 


Stefan ;-)






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Von: sw-l-bounces at
[mailto:sw-l-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Sonntag, 31. Mai 2009 15:58
An: SignWriting List
Cc: Stefan Wöhrmann
Betreff: Re: [sw-l] Namibia handshape construction


SignWriting List

May 31, 2009


Hello Stefan and Everyone!

Thank you for this question. And your photos and writings are always  

so beautiful! Congrats on all you are doing, Stefan....


Regarding the handshape in SignWriting...


The photo of your hand is different than the writing of the handshape  

you are showing in the SignWriting example you have attached...The  

thumb is to the side in your photo...not forward...


So basing it on the photo with the thumb to the side, we have that  

handshape already in the ISWA....I know you will be creating TrueType  

fonts, and that is great...but I am happy it is in the ISWA too, so I  

can show you what I mean...please see my attached screen capture...the  

handshape is in Group 9...the thumb to the side needs the thumb line  

on the other side of the rectangle base from the index finger, because  

when the thumb line is on the same side as the bent Index finger, that  

would show that the thumb and the index finger are relating to each  

other and it means that the thumb line is forward pointing in the same  

direction as the Index finger...So if you want the thumb to look like  

it is pointing in another direction other than the index finger, you  

need the thumb line on the other side of the rectangle base of the  

hand...please see my attached diagram:


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