Dear Charles and Val,
thank you for your definitions - they definitely do help to clarify!
> SignWriting List
> July 28, 2012
> Hello Charles and Maria!
> Thank you, Charles, for the excellent answer. Charles is correct about the
> side view of some of the BaseSymbols for Category 1: Hands�
> I just answered the question in a previous message, but I forgot the
> exceptions�thank you Charles, for reminding me of the exceptions ;-)
> To try a better explanation...
> BaseSymbols exist for all 652 symbols - and it is only the Hand Category
> that has the 2nd Fill (side view of hands) as its representative
> BaseSymbols (sometimes, not all the time). All the other Movement Symbols
> and Facial Expressions and so on, use Rotation 1, Fill 1 (the first symbol
> of the possible 96) as their BaseSymbol -
> Maybe this will help:
> 1. There are 7 Symbol Categories, 30 SymbolGroups, and 652 BaseSymbols in
> the ISWA 2010.
> 2. What is a Group BaseSymbol?
> There are 30 Group BaseSymbols in the ISWA 2010. A Group BaseSymbol is the
> representative BaseSymbol for the entire group. In all categories, all
> Group BaseSymbols are Rotation 1, Fill 1 (the first symbol of the possible
> 3. What is a BaseSymbol?
> A BaseSymbol is the representative symbol for each of the 652 symbols in
> the International SignWriting Alphabet 2010 (ISWA 2010). In Categories
> 2-7, all BaseSymbols are Rotation1, Fill 1. But in Category 1: Hands,
> there is an exception. In Hands, the first symbol within the group, called
> the GroupBaseSymbol is Rotation 1, Fill1. But all other Hand BaseSymbols
> inside each group are Rotation 1, Fill 2.
> 4. Why the exception? The purpose of the BaseSymbol is to provide the
> "easiest to read" representative symbol for users to find the symbol
> quickly. Back when SignWriter DOS was developed, we needed a
> representative symbol for the keyboard, and the side view palm facing was
> easier to see quickly for users in most hand symbols - this was tested
> with our Deaf Action Committee (DAC) and so, all hands are listed from the
> side view, except for the first hand symbol in each group, which is shown
> with the white palm facing�
> Please see the attached diagram:
> On Jul 27, 2012, at 10:43 PM, Charles Butler wrote:
>> For me, a base symbol is a basic configuration of the fingres and the
>> thumb. The base configuration in ISWA tends to be on the edge facing
>> left because that configuration shows all the fingers being articulated
>> most clearly. Sometimes the clearest configuration is facing the reader.
>> The "base" configuration is a defined configuration of fingers, thumb,
>> palm. I don't know if that's clear, but it's what I go on.
>> Charles Butler
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>> Clear writing moves business forward.
>> From: MARIA GALEA <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 11:26 PM
>> Subject: Definition of 'base symbol'
>> Hi everyone,
>> Has anyone come across the definition of a base symbol - in the
>> or anywhere else? How would you define the base symbol of ISWA 2010? To
>> define it I'm explaining the whole system of rotations and orientations
>> for each given base symbol- but still how do you explain the base symbol
>> does it represent NO rotation and orientation? (because actually it is
>> marked for rotation and orientation).
>> Complex question maybe..sorry- would appreciate any feedback.
> Val ;-)
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