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May 2, 2011

Hello Claudia!
Thank you for this question. Here is the Flat Hand with Spread Fingers (see diagram below). The Heel of Hand symbol is another way to write the hand parallel to the floor. You can write the same position in two ways...using the Top View or the Front View. In the Front View, you see the Wrist, which we call the Heel of the Hand. The Heel of Hand symbols are old symbols that were brought back into SignWriting to help us write some positions that were hard to write. Both the Top View and the Heel of Hand are correct. You are not required to use either one - it is flexible:

On May 2, 2011, at 3:31 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:

SignWriting List
May 2, 2011

Claudia Bianchini posted this question about SignWriting on the Sign Language Linguist List (SLLING) today. I will answer next message here on the SignWriting List:


From: "Claudia S. Bianchini" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: May 2, 2011 1:16:05 PM PDT
Subject: question about 6 configurations of SignWriting
Reply-To: "Claudia S. Bianchini" <[log in to unmask]>

I'm Claudia Savina Bianchini and I'm a PhD student at ISTC-CNR (in the team created by +Elena Pizzuto+), in Rome.
I'm doing a research on SignWriting and I've a question about some SW configurations.
There are 6 strange configurations (where there is a deficit of possible orientation) and in those 6 I really can't understand how I've to put my fingers... Is there someone that can explain them to me?

The configurations are (from ISWA-2008): (please click this link if you can't view the picture)


My problem (for glyphes from 1 to 7) is that I've searched everywhere but I can't find a translation for "heel" that has nothing to do with feet. So my question is: is there feet's configuration on SW? and, if yes... why? I've never seen any deaf making configurations with their feet!
And I really can't understand the explanation for glyphe 8.

Maybe all this problem is caused by my horrible English?!?!

Thanks a lot to all

Claudia S. Bianchini
PhD Student
Univ. Paris 8 / Univ. Studi Perugia / ISTC-CNR-Roma

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