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