SignWriting List
April 3, 2012

Hi Eduardo and Adam -
Adam has explained everything perfectly -

Just a side note…
Do you know about SignWriting E-Lessons? These are old answers on the SignWriting List years ago:

SignWriting E-Lessons

There are two SignSpelling Rules that are on the SignWriting E-Lessons that are important:

1. Write Position of Contact


2. Every Sign Has a Center

This goes for many web pages and may be helpful to you -

I see you have 20 signs in the Uruguay SignPuddle!

Thank you for writing Uruguay signs, Eduardo -

Val ;-)


On Apr 3, 2012, at 2:19 PM, Eduardo Trápani wrote:


In order not to ask for every other sign I try to write :) I first check if there is one similar in ASL and then look for the video here[1] to be certain.  It's great for learning, although sometimes I get even more confused (as with "fumble"), usually it helps.

In this case I didn't know whether to use strike # or touch * for this [2] sign in my language, or whether I need an arrow, maybe the strike/touch is enough?  I would write it like this:

or , or .   Are there some rules of style I can read about?  Something that would help decide which writing is better?  I assume that the ASL signs have been reviewed by more people and take them as the example to follow, but that might not always be the case.

Looking for something similar in ASL I ended up in "make", but there are two versions, one with * and one with #.  They do not use arrows though, so I guess I can also do without.

But I wonder, are those two texts meant to represent the same sign in ASL?  They're different alright, but I haven't found alternatives for "make" in the online dictionaries.