AW: Clown hand orientation.

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 13 17:18:21 UTC 2011

Hi Val, Adam, Charles, Bill ... friends of the sw-list, 


It is interesting to learn that there must be something about these
thumb-hand-hand shapes that seems to allow people to see it from different
point of views. 


Obviously Adam and Val see the hand in a way that Charles and me cannot
understand. How hard I try I cannot follow your explanations. 


Nevertheless I would  love to understand the way you look at it. 

One way may be to offer a symbol next to the foto – 


I prepared such a graphic. 


In order to show the hand orientation in your writing Bill – which is
perfect from my point of view (showing the   r i g h t   three fingers claw
hand to the left – as if holding a red nose of the clown) 

I took this foto.



I think it is not that much of importance for this discussion how far the
hand is pointing to the right  (20°  or 45° -- the r i g h t  hand  would
show the thumb on the right side -- ;-)))


In this case Valerie there is no extra rule necessary – what do you think? 


Stefan ;-) 










Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
[mailto:SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACOLLEGE.EDU] Im Auftrag von Charles Butler
Gesendet: Dienstag, 13. September 2011 03:03
Betreff: Re: Clown hand orientation.


I'd put the hand 90 degrees with the 2nd and third fingers on opposite sides
of the nose. It's not a pinch, it's holding a red clown nose. 



--- On Mon, 9/12/11, Bill Reese <wreese01 at TAMPABAY.RR.COM> wrote:

From: Bill Reese <wreese01 at TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Subject: Re: AW: NEW: Clown correction
Date: Monday, September 12, 2011, 6:22 PM

So if I should write it like this:

it would be wrong one way and right another?  Looks like I would be saying
"peuw" rather than "clown" anyways.  lol


On 9/12/2011 4:45 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote: 

SignWriting List 

September 12, 2011


Hi Charles -

Thanks for this message!


The word intuitive is used in different ways - no one says the thumbs match
- of course they don't!


But it is intuitive for us in other ways - we like placing the right hand on
the right side of the body, because for us, it goes back to the old stick
figure - before we used to write the arm lines attached to these hand
symbols and they still do in Denmark and sometimes in schools, and since the
right arm is on the right side of the body, it feels best to me anyway, to
have the right hand on the right side of the body...but of course the
details of the thumbs are not perfect - you are absolutely right - in the
long run though, people do read stick figures and when you take the stick
figure away and leave just the hands, you have the hands on the right side
of the face - so we were never saying that the photo and the symbol match
one hundred percent - they never have since the beginning of the system -
but when we write, there is an intuitive feeling to the writing system
anyway - at least that is what others tell me - I respect your concern and
please go right ahead and write as you wish - we are just documenting what
the symbols represent to us -









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