[Sw-l] [SPAM] RE: Forearm Rotation or axial motion symbols

Tue Feb 6 03:16:44 UTC 2018

```I have always been referred to as a man of few words. ;-)

I think there is another sign without any “obvious” hinge like there is with DOOR. Take the ASL sign for 16. It could technically be written as either of the following.

But if you were to ask a Deaf person which way the arm rotates, they will always say it twists outward rather than inward. So they would always choose the first writing. From a movement viewpoint, this is because the axial of rotation is actually closer to the thumb rather than the pinky. (The first writing has the movement focused on the pinky.)

> On Feb 5, 2018, at 7:05 PM, Valerie Sutton <signwriting at MAC.COM> wrote:
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> SignWriting List
> February 5, 2018
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> I love the way Adam explains everything is half the words than I do...
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> Thank you Adam - keep teaching - it is an excellent explanation ;-)
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>> On Feb 5, 2018, at 7:02 PM, Adam Frost <icemandeaf at GMAIL.COM <mailto:icemandeaf at GMAIL.COM>> wrote:
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>> From a purely movement symbol theoretical analysis view, both movements are the same. However, you are right that one has more of a focus on the thumbs rotation while the other has more of a focus on the pinky (or the baby finger as Val calls it). The reason for this is because it really depends on where the center of rotation takes places. With the sign for DOOR, the pinky acts as the hinge of the door. That is the reason the movement symbol that focuses on the thumbs rotation is always used.
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>>> On Feb 5, 2018, at 6:16 PM, <rchannon1 at VERIZON.NET <mailto:rchannon1 at VERIZON.NET>> <rchannon1 at VERIZON.NET <mailto:rchannon1 at VERIZON.NET>> wrote:
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>>> Hi Valerie, I’ve started looking through the lessons.   Several times, I see the statement: imagine that you have black ink on your thumb or pinky…
>>> The problem that I have is that when the forearm rotates the thumb and pinky move in opposite directions.
>>> In CLOSE-a-door, I start with my right palm facing left, and end with the palm facing the viewer.
>>> The thumb curves OUT to viewer & LEFT.
>>> The pinky curves    IN to signer     & RIGHT.
>>>
>>> So should I use this symbol, which moves to the right:  S2df0c because that looks like the thumb movement:
>>> <image006.png>
>>> OR should I use this symbol S2df08 which looks like what the pinky is doing?
>>>
>>> <image007.png>
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>>>
>>> And of course, the reverse question holds for OPEN-a-door:
>>> Should I use  this symbol, which moves to the right:  S2df0c because that looks like the PINKY movement
>>>
>>> <image006.png>
>>> OR should I use this symbol S2df08 which looks like what the THUMB is doing?
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>>> <image007.png>
>>>
>>>
>>> If I can choose whichever one I feel like, then it seems to me that I would not be able to say whether I was opening or closing the door.   Am I thinking right?
>>>
>>> If I am thinking right, then that is fine, and I will just list the rotation symbols as forearm rotation without trying to decide which way the forearm rotates.  But if that information is there in the symbol, it would be good to capture it.
>>>
>>> Rachel
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>>>
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>>> Subject: Re: [SPAM] Forearm Rotation or axial motion symbols
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>>> February 3, 2018
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>>> Good Saturday everyone!
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>>> Yes, this is a fun discussion on Rotation Symbols.
>>>
>>> We are having electricity problems in my home (where I work), and an electrician is on his way to help us. I do not know how long the repairs will take, but it may be all day, so I will not be able to answer or discuss anything until tomorrow, Sunday. I look forward to it!
>>>
>>> But one point while I can chat... We have some eLessons on our web site, teaching the Rotation Symbols in conjunction with other Curved Movements, and the eLessons use the wonderful illustrations by Steve Parkhurst (thank you again Steve ;-).
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>>> If you go through each web page, and scroll down and read everything there, I think it might become clearer... Start with this web page:
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>>> http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less012.html <http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less012.html>
>>> (remember to scroll down)
>>>
>>> and keep reading through this web page:
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>>> http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less015.html <http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less015.html>
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>>> and then other web pages:
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>>> http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less026.html <http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less026.html>
>>> http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less040.html <http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less040.html>
>>> http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less041.html <http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less041.html>
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>>> and an important one:
>>> http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less074.html <http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/elessons/less074.html>
>>>
>>> It explains where to place the Rotation Symbols...above or below the hands? See screen capture below. This is related to the Pinkie and Thumb - but that we need another discussion for - There are rules for that too, but they are not posted in eLessons yet and I think they should be...
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>>> Have a great day everyone!
>>>
>>> <image001.png>
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