AW: QUESTION...Palm facing fingers pointing down

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Tue Dec 7 19:30:36 UTC 2010

Hi Andre  and everyone, ---

let me just add one comment to this question of how to write the flat hand

Well, we can distinguish between a "theoretical" problem and a real spelling
challenge of a performed sign... 

>From time to time people show up and ask for a solution of a "How would you
write this  or that ..." and they just perform some kind of weird hand shape
or movement which has nothing to do with real Sign Language whatsoever. 

So for the practical aspect it should be no problem at all to read and
understand a sign describing the flat hand fingers downward back of hand

In DGS  (German Sign Language) there is a sign "discipline" both palms of
the flat hand touching the upper leg at the side. Just go to the German
SignPuddle dictionary  search by word " Disziplin"  and find this sign.

In these cases I write those signs for my students and vote for this stick
figure spelling to allow a quick and easy reading ... 


-----Urspr√ľngliche Nachricht-----
Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
[mailto:SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACC.EDU] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Dienstag, 7. Dezember 2010 20:15
Betreff: Re: QUESTION...Palm facing fingers pointing down

SignWriting List
December 7, 2010

Hello Andre and Charles and everyone -

The discussion is a good one, and Charles is right that our system has all
the symbols we need to communicate what we need to communicate...

Let me explain...

1. When the thumb-line is on the white side of the symbol (the palm area) it
means the thumb is extending FORWARD:

More information about the Sw-l mailing list