Oh yes, it's great to see Stefan and his students use the blackboard
and chalk to write SW! I was very impressed!
2011/1/11 Stefan Wöhrmann <[log in to unmask]>:
> Hi everybody,
> all I can say my students developed in the meantime a pretty good competence
> write SignWriting by hand on the blackboard or on a sheet of paper.
> Hi Erica - would you agree? - smile
> They prefer using this slash for the palm facing parallel to the floor and
> there is no confusion whatsoever.
> Stefan ;-)
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> Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 12. Januar 2011 00:39
> An: [log in to unmask]
> Betreff: SignWriting Handwriting and palm facing
> SignWriting List
> January 11, 2011
> Hi Charles -
> I have changed this thread to "SignWriting Handwriting and palm facing"
> since your question is about Handwriting?
> There are several kinds of handwriting. There is the SW Printing, like block
> printing for English, that is "perfect" or as close to the way we type or
> publish ...so that kind of handwritten symbols does not use the slash
> because it is trying to write the symbols by hand, exactly as they are
> written by computer.
> Then there is the handwriting for personal use - which is like a blend of
> handwriting and shorthand... I like the slash for the palm facing parallel
> to the floor, but you are not required to use it if you don't want to - it
> was just a suggestion - after all, your handwriting is for yourself, so you
> can read your own notes, so if you don't like the slash representing the
> horizon line for palms parallel to the floor, then use another method for
> quick writing of palm facing -
> Have you seen our SignWriting Handwriting lessons on the web?...the slash is
> not taught here:
> SignWriting Handwriting
> Of course none of this occurs in the current SignPuddle because SignPuddle
> does not have handwritten symbols - they are symbols for computers and
> publishing and that is a different experience... we do not have a slash
> through the hand in the official "printing" of symbols in SignWriting, only
> for handwriting or shorthand...
> So just do what is best for you -
> and handwriting symbols are not in SignPuddle -
> Val ;-)
> On Jan 11, 2011, at 3:21 PM, Charles Butler wrote:
>> I am confused about the slashed hands in the lessons in Sign Writing. I
> have been teaching handwriting, and the handwriting symbols have not usually
> been taught with lines across them except as a shorthand for hands
> horizontal rather than vertical. Having a hand with a slash does not appear
> in the current SignPuddle and so my Ethiopian students are likely to be
> confused. I use arrows to show directions where there are not other than
> the four points of the compass. The 45 degree plane is not very well
> defined on handshapes, so this has really confused me.
>> Sign shown:
>> / \
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