# [Sw-l] Question about wrist side-flex

Sun Nov 6 20:04:58 UTC 2022

```I think what we are seeing here is best explained by “proximalization”, which is basically how signers with more skill in a sign language to produce their movements will switched away from proximal joints to distal joints. Or in the case of joints on the arm, move away from the shoulder towards the fingertips.

Basically it all depends on how your arm is angled in relations to your hand. If your wrist is bent, your arm will not be parallel to your hand. This would mean that you would have to rotate your arm in order to achieve the movement of the hand. However, if your wrist is not bent, your arm is parallel to your hand. This would mean that your wrist would have to bend in order to achieve the movement of the hand.

Let’s compare these two writing of the sign MINUTE.
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If you were to follow the first writing of minute, it would be assumed that the arm is at least somewhat parallel to the floor, which would result in the wrist being bent. That would mean there would be a rotation of the arm for this movement. If you were to follow the second writing of minute, it would be assumed that the arm is at least somewhat parallel to the wall, which would result in the wrist not being bent. That would mean there would be a wrist flex to the side for this movement.

When I watched your video, your arm was neither parallel to the floor nor the wall, but angled in between. In this case since both extremes would be understood as meaning the same thing, it is ultimately up to the writer to decide which to write. They both have their pros and cons. One way might be easier to read, but another is faster to write. And there will be disagreements as to which is faster to understand.

I did a small case study of finding native signers who don’t know SignWriting and asked them if the movement was a straight movement or curved movement. The majority said curved, which was supported by illustrations of the sign that I found as well. That would make sense why most people who originally wrote the sign used the rotation symbol. But that doesn’t mean that using the wrist flex is wrong.

So, I just want to make clear that both writings are correct in their own ways. You as the writer choose which you feel is best. :-)

> On Nov 4, 2022, at 10:04 AM, Ms. AnnaGrace <msannagrace20 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Hi Valerie and all,
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> Valerie, thank you for the excellent explanation of the new spelling of ASL's CHEESE. It's a case of compound symbols that causes the wrist to flex side-to-side.
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> I found another ASL sign that uses the wrist side-flex. It's the sign for ONE SECOND.
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> I asked Hector to read the sign without telling him the ASL meaning. Having an objective, unbiased signer who isn't as familiar with ASL is a very helpful way for me to "proofread" ASL signwriting for the accuracy of SW spelling.
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> Below is the SW spelling for ONE SECOND from SignPuddle 2.0, a video of Hector's reading of ONE SECOND (I covered the English word for this sign, and he did not know the meaning of this ASL sign), and a video of me doing an ASL sign for ONE SECOND from different angles to show the wrist side-flex. Please watch both videos.
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> Do you think this spelling should be improved to reflect the wrist side-flex? If not, could you explain to me how this spelling can be correctly read to induce a wrist side-flex?
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> Thanks,
> AnnaGrace
> <SW, ASL "one second" A copy.png>
> On Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 1:15 PM Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org <mailto:sutton at signwriting.org>> wrote:
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> November 3, 2022
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> Hello SignWriting List, and Hector, Anna Grace and Adam,
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> Thank you for this message, Hector. Clearly, Colombian Sign Language and American Sign Language are two separate and unique languages and both are wonderful to write ;-)
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> I feel blessed to be able to write with all of you, from all over the world.
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> Isn’t it fun to write our different languages and to be alble to share in this way?
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> Purely from a movement writing perspective, the movement and position of the sign for CHEESE in ASL, based on Anna Grace’s video, and also our previous writings, shows a sign that remains contacting (RUB contact symbol shows continuous contact) while moving the hand, from the WRIST joint, from side to side - it is not flipping over - so there is a grinding feeling to it - maybe that is the way they make CHEESE in the US? (big smile) -
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> I have added the Rub Symbol that in this case does not mean that it is rubbing in a circle - when the RUB Symbol is combined with Movement Arrows, such as the Wrist Side to Side motion, the movement follows the arrows but remains “contacting in one place” - so the RUB symbol shows continuous contact in this case:
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> And there is no “flipping over” like this sign suggests:
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>  this is not correct for CHEESE because the hand is moving side to side from the WRIST, not rotating and flipping over from the elbow - so there are a lot of signs in our ASL database that need to be edited… partly because our symbols have evolved over the years - the WRIST Flex side to side was not used much until recent years…and the SignPuddle database is since 2004! So there are some old signs in there ;-)
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> Thank you to all of you for pointing this out to us -
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> And the sign for TRANSLATE in Colombian Sign Language, Hector, that you have written, makes sense because I have seen similar signs with the same meaning in Danish Sign Language - but this is another sign and very different movement than the American sign for CHEESE, which is not rotating but moving from the wrist side to side like a grinding motion…
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>  Coloimbian sign for TRANSLATE
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> Shall we discuss writing the sign for TRANSLATE later? That will be a good project too -
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> Thanks for the discussion!
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> Val ;-)
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> > On Nov 3, 2022, at 7:30 AM, Hector Devia Robayo <hdeviar at GMAIL.COM <mailto:hdeviar at GMAIL.COM>> wrote:
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> > Greetings Valery and Anna,
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> >  The ASL Sign for CHEESE means nothing, it is an empty-meaning sign in the LSC (or at least I can not recall anything in the Colombian Sign Language. But in handshape, location, and movement, the nearer sign could be
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> > , This LSC Sign stands for TO-TRANSLATE/TRANSLATION from one language into another, generally in written form, between Written and Signed Video. And comparing both signs (the ASL and the LSC) I can see I intuitively used the same symbol movement.
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