When I was transcribing a narrative for Valerie, I had a facial expression that was set, some signing was done, and then the facial expression changed to indicate a pause or change in thought. I put that facial expression over in the right lane so that it was clearly a "change marker". Adding quote marks with the same convention would work fine.
February 16, 2012
Hello Ingvild -
That is a great idea, to place the beginning Quotation Mark in the Left Lane and the ending Quotation Mark in the Right lane, with the quoted phrase in the Center Lane - when writing in vertical columns. Very interesting idea and it sounds like it would work well - There are exciting perspectives as you say - and each writer can be creative with these Quotation symbols, which are rarely used - The reason I took them out of the ISWA 2010 was that I could not find many instances of their use, even though they have been a part of the SignWriting system for decades - Maybe now, as we are publishing some books in SignWriting that are over 500 pages - maybe with more books we will find the Quotation Marks coming back - who knows? ;-)
When it comes to writing the actual sign for "quote"…although I agree that it
is normally for writing the way another person signs, I actually feel it is becoming a part of the written form for writing ASL…not just because someone did the sign for quote, but because it is an active part of any quoted sentence, even if the writer is expressing their own thoughts, and not writing what someone else signed - The only way they could sign a quoted phrase in ASL is to sign the sign for QUOTE - so I think both options are for writers to do as they feel is best -
On Feb 15, 2012, at 12:33 PM, Ingvild Roald wrote: