Query on Handshape

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Feb 24 15:00:16 UTC 2011

Hi Stefan,

It is in the EMA, and I am readily in touch with him. He put it in the 
SignPuddle to begin with. I am going through and fixing the ones that had been 
put in as compounds that are now single characters in IMWA 2010.

I refer to your chart all the time, but when handshapes are combinations of 
others with extra fingers, they may or may not be in the IMWA 2010.  To search 
for them in Frequency brings them up by the primary handshape but you can't find 
them as a freestanding handshape alone. 

So if that handshape is going to rotate, it all has to be done by hand if you 
are producing it on computer.

I am editing Lessons In Sign Writing for an Ethiopian audience, so we are having 
to systematically go through every handshape, and ensure we put it in the right 
Group for teaching. 



From: Stefan Wöhrmann <stefanwoehrmann at GOOGLEMAIL.COM>
Sent: Thu, February 24, 2011 9:36:58 AM
Subject: Re: Query on Handshape

Hi Charles, hello Eyasu ...
just curious. Do you know that Eyasu Tamene from the University of Addis 
Ababa/Ethiopia  worked so hard to create the EMA 

Perhaps the hand shape you are looking for is part of the table? 
Stefan ;-) 


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Gesendet: Donnerstag, 24. Februar 2011 15:12
Betreff: Query on Handshape
In going through Ethiopian sign language, I found another handshape, this time a 
variant on the thumb (ASL T) with the index finger on the middle finger on top 
of the T.
I cannot find it in ISWA 10, and it is an essential part of the language.  
Again, manipulation by computer will be difficult.
Here you go. 
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