February 15, 2012
Hello Madson and everyone -
Thank you for posting this question to the SignWriting List, Madson...
The quotation marks are used sometimes. It depends on the writer, and the style of your document. For example, the quotation marks are easier to read when writing signs horizontally. They are symbols that were designed for horizontal SignWriting and were used years ago in the SignWriter DOS program.
Quoting what another person signs, inside a document, can be written without the Quotation Marks…some writers write the actual sign for "quote" at the beginning of the quoted phrase, and then place a Pause symbol (Comma) at the end of the quoted phrase - If you are writing the way one signs a quoted phrase, that would be the most accurate way to write a quote. In that case, the Quotation Marks are not necessary.
So to answer your question…yes…the Quotation Marks can be used, but are rarely used. That is why I took them out of the International SignWriting Alphabet 2010, but, you can construct them if you want to use them, by finding some diagonal lines in the ISWA and building them yourself…They are still good symbols that can be used.
The Long Pause can also be constructed and can be as long as you want to make it. Make the space between the two lines larger or smaller depending on the length of the pause. The Long Pause is usually used when writing sign language theatre or sign language songs, when pausing can be different lengths related to the timing in music.
Meanwhile, the standard Comma or Pause symbol in SignWriting, with a small amount of space between the two lines, which is pre-constructed for you, is the symbol most people use for writing sentences…
Attached is a screen capture of building a Long Pause in SignPuddle Online, using SignMaker …see attached…
On Feb 15, 2012, at 1:35 AM, Madson Barreto wrote:
In older textbooks written signs found two symbols that are not in SignPuddle:
- quotation marks
- Long pause
They have not yet used in SignWriting?
SignWriting List moderator
[log in to unmask]
Post Messages to the
[log in to unmask]
SignWriting List Archives & Home Page
Join, Leave or Change How You Receive SW List Messages
Read & Write Sign Languages
Write SignWriting in the Clouds!
Documents, Dictionaries, SignMail
Wiki-style Articles in Sign Languages
Technical Support: Ask questions...
SignWriting Literature Project
Writing Literature in Sign Languages
SignWriting Encyclopedia Projects
Writing Encyclopedias in Sign Languages
SignWriting Sponsors Forum
Help Educational Non-Profit Organization
Books, DVDs, Lessons, Services
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
a US educational nonprofit organization
PO Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038, USA
Tel: 858-456-0098 Skype: valeriesutton
SignWriting on Twitter
SignWriting on YouTube
SignWriting on Facebook