ISWA (2010) Detailed Location symbols

MARIA GALEA maria.azzopardi at UM.EDU.MT
Sat Sep 15 10:56:50 UTC 2012

Hi Claudia-
yes your answer is very good and I will cite you about Detailed Location,
since you have already analyzed it :) (i still have to February - so by
then, I will hopefully have read your whole thesis and then I will add the
exact citation and page number) - how exciting is your work!

I am wondering whether to use the term 'symbol' or 'glyph' in my work -
can you explain why you chose 'glyph' rather than 'symbol'. I think it's
good that academics in a shared field use the same terminology, so if
there is good reason for your choice of the term 'glyph' I think I may
adopt it and say I adopted it from your work..


> hi Maria,
> do you mean symbols used to indicate the exact location of a hand or a
> touch?
> As I know, no one use them! The reason (as I say in my thesis) is that
> they
> seems "alien" in a SW figure... Imagine that you want to write a sign with
> a detailed location symbols. You have to write your sign, and then add in
> a
> corner one of those "detailed location symbols": they don't have the same
> aspect of other glyphs, they don't have the same size, so you can't use
> them as a base to put others glyphes like configuration or mouvement...
> they are like "a punch in a eye" (tipical italian expression) and they
> broke the analogical relation between signing space and SW space.
> By the way, on my point of view, they are also useless. Infact, SW have
> the
> caracteristic to have a perfect indication of the location that is not
> "explicit" but is "implicit" (Garcia, from Univ.Paris8, call this
> "emplacement en creux"), given by the relative location of the others
> glyphes. When the implicit location is not enough, users put more
> informations as he position of arms or shoulders.
> I hope I gave you a satisfying (and understandable) answer
> Claudia
> 2012/9/15 MARIA GALEA <maria.azzopardi at>
>> Dear all,
>> I'm searching for work, in the Dictionary Puddles, or elsewhere - where
>> the researcher/writer has chosen to use detailed location symbols. Maybe
>> in a printed dictionary or some sort?
>> Would appreciate if you could direct me to some work that uses ISWA's
>> Detailed Location symbols.
>> Thank you! Wish you all a pleasant weekend.
>> maria
> --
> Claudia S. Bianchini
> PhD Student @ Univ. Paris8 + CNRS-UMR7023-SFL
> PhD Student @ Univ. Studi di Perugia + CNR-ISTC-SLDS
> chiadu14 at

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