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I completely understand your reasoning. I honestly tried to keep that in mind while I made this list. The R with the thumb, as Cherie pointed out, was one that I felt had to be added because there was justification for it's use without alteration. I still don't see how that one sign would justify the reason of adding a split hand when there are other ways of writing that would fit it just fine.

Here's another way of looking at it. There are several accents across America that say the word spelled as bath differently. There is bath and then there is bawth. However, both spell it the same way because both would be able to read it without a problem with the spelling of bath rather than bawth since the variation is not a separate word. That is the same thing that I felt with the use of the 5-hand verses the split. I just feel that there would need to be more justification needed for the necessity of having it.

Of course, this is only to make a list of ASL only handshapes, not remove the possible use of any other handshapes. There is still the ISWA. As I mentioned before, this is just to make a book. It is true that this will lead to a possible language specific SignPuddle, but that will require some more time, discussion (like this), and observation. If there is more examples and justification for the split hand, I have no problem adding it to this list.

Adam

On Apr 22, 2013, at 4:22 AM, Charles Butler wrote:

I understand the logic and the ease of reading. But for those who are looking at a dictionary in isolation hunting for a sign that they have seen it would be good to have that variation if they were looking for it. Writing a citation is one thing, identifying a citation in the field is another.

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--- On Sun, 4/21/13, Adam Frost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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Subject: Re: Handshapes used in ASL
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Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 11:29 PM

The question is does it really matter to the meaning if it is split or spread into a full 5-hand. The reason I say this is because I have seen people who sign the same sign between the index and middle fingers rather than the middle and ring. You could also argue that it could be done where it is between the ring and baby finger to mean a break after the middle of the period. By having it a 5-hand, all would be possible and read very easily. I don't know if a spilt flat hand that is only used in this case would be worth it to make it really necessary. Also, is it really a tight split or could it also be a relaxed 5-hand that looks like it is closed in a split?

I guess what I am saying is that if this were the only time that this would be used in ASL, it is really necessary to have it if it could be read just as well with the 5-hand?

Adam

On Apr 21, 2013, at 8:18 PM, Charles Butler wrote:

But the hand is flat and split, not split into five fingers. That's why I look at it differently. It's not a flat hand and an open 5 hand.


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Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 11:10 PM

I was thinking about the same thing when I was looking at that handshape. The reason I didn't add it is because I could write it like this and not need that symbol.


Adam

On Apr 21, 2013, at 8:06 PM, Charles Butler wrote:

How about this one, the split FIVE hand. This handshape is used for the same meaning in Brazil.

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Subject: Handshapes used in ASL
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Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 10:27 PM

I have been looking at the Symbol Frequency in SignPuddle to see what handshapes would truly be necessary in ASL. What I did was I added symbols with high frequency automatically and then looked at the handshapes that had a low number to judge if the signs written could be written with or with a different symbol from my personal experience. Below is the list that I have come up with. I was quite amazed that there were only 83. Are there any handshapes that you feel I might have errorously ignored or overzealously added?

Adam