# [Sw-l] Termology used in the dimensionality (perspective) of the Sutton SignWriting system

Stephen Slevinski slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Fri Nov 4 02:07:30 UTC 2022

```Here's what I wrote in a past internet draft.

"The are two main writing planes: the front wall (Frontal Plane) and the
floor (Transverse Plane).  The choice of writing plane can affect the
shape of the symbols, such as the fill pattern for the hand shape palms
or the tail for the movement arrows."

"There are two perspectives: front and top.  The front perspective is a
straight on view of/from the signer.  The top perspective is a top-down
view of the signer.  Usually, a sign will be written from a single
perspective."

So individual symbols will be written according to their alignment with
a plane.

While the two-dimensional arrangement of the symbols in a sign will be
affected by the perspective of front or top.

-Steve

On 11/3/22 7:25 PM, Profo Rubens Almeida wrote:
>
> Hello to all SignWriting List members,
>
> I have a question, if you are available to help me, I would greatly
> appreciate it.
>
> My question is in the nomenclatures (termologies) used for the
> dimensionality (perspective) of the Sutton SignWriting system. I know
> that the category of movements, the arrows for example, can be written
> in the plane parallel to the wall, plane parallel to the floor and
> also the diagonal plane. But, my question concerns the handshapes, in
> the book Manual 2: SignWriting Hand Symbols, on page 4, it explains
> about the perspectives of the handshapes, using the two nomenclatures
> (terms):
>
> 1- Front view or Top view;
>
> 2- Parallel with Wall Plane or Parallel with Floor Plan;
>
> I understand that for the movement arrows we do not use the terms
> Front View or Top View, as it only applies to handshapes, however, in
> the case of handshapes I can use the terms “Parallel with Wall Plane
> or Parallel with Floor Plane” also?
>
> Attached is the print of the page of the mentioned book.
>
> Thank you all for the attention!
>
> Hugs!
>
>
>
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