Hi friends, 






I would prefer this spelling – 


Stefan ;-)



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February 24, 2012


Regarding this, let me show you a really beautiful writing in SignWriting
from Brazil, by Yuri, who posted this on Facebook, and thank you, Yuri, for
this posting - I was so happy to see it - I love seeing your SignWriting - I
hope you don't mind that I point to one of your SignSpellings ;-)





Notice the arrow in the first sign -


In this case, for me, this is not a General Arrowhead - the two paths are
not overlapping into GREY…it would be a right and left arrowhead - The right
arrow is written over the right hand and the left arrow is written over the
left hand - the Rub symbol could be written once between the two arrows…
here is an example...






Val ;-)





On Feb 24, 2012, at 12:11 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:

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February 24, 2012


Hello SignWriting List, Honza, Ingvild, Kimberley -


Thank you for the question and the responses… I realize that you may be
using the General Arrowhead differently than the way I teach it…and all is
ok. Part of the reason there has been confusion is that our older textbooks
did not explain this well, in fact I believe the old textbook said "if they
contact, it is General, and that is true, but it is not the whole story… so
you can put the blame on my old textbooks ;-)


I have wanted to explain this better for a long time…It is a subject I had
been planning to bring up here on the List, so thank you for the question
Honza -


You see, the General Arrowhead means "Overlapping Paths". I always imagine
Marcel Marceau, the famous classic mime artist, with his hands in black and
white paint, painting imaginary paths of movement in space…


So here is how I teach it:


The Right, Left and General Arrowheads are representing "movement paths".


Imagine your right hand has black paint on it. Your left hand has white
paint on it. There is a black path, and a white path showing movement in


Now imagine two hands moving down, side by side. They paint two separate
paths in space…a black path and a white path.


But now imagine the two hands with one above the other one, but NOT
contacting…just simply one above the other. When the two hands start to move
down together, the one above paints on top of the path of the one on the
bottom…the two paths blend…and when they blend…you can no longer see black
or white - it becomes grey… and so the GREY path is the General Arrowhead…


They could also be contacting…but the black and white paths have to overlap,
to become GREY. It does not require contact.


This is taught in the textbook "SignWriting Basics" from 2009, which is free
for download on the web. Go to:


SignWriting Lessons Online


and download number 1 on that web page - called SignWriting Basics.


Here is the excerpt from that book, on page 34 in the book (number page in
the book)… the PDF page is page 39 -










Val ;-)

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