February 27, 2012
Hello Eda, Yuri, Fernando and everyone -
Thank you for writing, and thank you, Yuri, for your explanation in Portuguese - I am looking forward to studying your messages too - I do appreciate the effort you made. Thank you!
And I am so looking forward to telling the world about Fernando Capovilla's new dictionary which will be published soon. I feel so honored that Fernando and his team have included SignWriting and worked so hard on the thousands of entries - A huge job - For those who do not know about the dictionaries:
Novo Diet-LIBRAS Dictionary
So Eda, Yuri, Fernando, and everyone - Your efforts to write LIBRAS are admirable - Fernando and I have already discussed the issues of SignSpellings - There were so many different Deaf writers of the dictionaries which Fernando has produced, and we all know that some of them may not have had the time for proper instruction in SignWriting…and we have discussed trying to correct or re-write some of the SignSpellings in the dictionaries, and I actually did a little work on that with Fernando last year, but there are so many signs that I felt overwhelmed, So it is no one's fault, but there are some SignSpellings that are not the way I write, in the dictionaries…But I LOVE the dictionaries…no matter what...I am very happy and proud of the publications because we all know that writing has to start somewhere…without dictionaries there would be no writing at all…and so that is why I am explaining this to you all now, so that you can be informed and share the information with your co-workers and writers - Of course we can understand each other's writings, but it is good to know why we write as we do….
I believe that most writers do not know this about the Movement Arrows - and if they understand the reason behind the Black, White and Grey (General) Arrowheads, I think they will see there is a real use for the original way the system was designed -
Here is the explanation:
The black arrow paints the right movement path. The white arrow paints the left movement path. When the right and left hands move far apart from each other, they paint two separate paths - one black and one white. That way, we can see the difference between movement with the right hand and movement with the left hand - This is important for linguistic reasons and for writing complex movement sequences when writing storytelling…Here are easy examples:
BUT, imagine that your two hands move, and the black movement path writes on top of the white movement path…That is a grey or General Movement Arrow - as you can see here, in the sign for FOLLOW in ASL, the right hand is behind the left hand and follows the left hand…so the two movement paths blend and become one path…they are not contacting each other in this case, but it is a General Arrowhead because the paths blend...
So now, let us take your examples. In the signs attached below, these signs show that the two hands are far apart from each other and move with separate paths. These signs are written correctly in this example, because they show the black and white paths a good space from each other, just like the starting position of the hands:
But below, these signs are read differently. They mean something else. They show me that the hands start far apart from each other, but the Movement Path is blended together into one, which means that the black paint and the white paint are writing on top of each other…so that must mean that the two hands moved into the center to be closer to each other and then moved down either on top of each other, or maybe contacting each other, to create a single grey movement path going down - it is a different movement for me -
Of course I can guess what you meant, because I know there are misunderstandings in the teachings, but I want you to know, Eda, how the system was designed. For simple signs like these I can imagine you wonder why it is necessary to show paths so exactly? That is because when we start to write complex storytelling, there are times when the Black, White and Grey (General) arrowheads are the only information we have for complex sequences - sometimes the right hand can be over on the left side of the body, or behind the body, in mime like sequences and the three movement paths are needed to be able to read the movement correctly…
Thank you for asking questions and no worries - If you can start writing the way the system is designed, it will help when writing storytelling in LIBRAS later. Have you done that kind of writing? Have you written books, or long stories?
On Feb 27, 2012, at 10:15 AM, Eda AMORim wrote: