Honduran sign language does the numbers always on one hand only. But we decided to go with the movement symbols as will be easier for people new to SignWriting or Honduran Sign Language.

On 5/29/2013 12:58 PM, Adam Frost wrote:
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I would say it is the commonality of the language. Basically, if two handiness of that fashion is common in the language, then I would suggest keeping the movement symbols. I know that some sign languages do use "2" on the left and "5" on the right to mean 25. For those languages, just having a progression of hand symbols to mean one hand might not be good. That's why I wrote various ways since it is up to the language users to determine which is best. 


On May 29, 2013, at 11:40 AM, "Charles Butler" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Feedback, as a 10 (fist) has no handedness in this rotation, how can one presume that this is a one-handed sign when one only sees it in isolation.

For me, without the rotation, I can't be sure that it is not a left-handed 10 and a right-handed 6.

Is it solely the closeness of the handshapes?

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Subject: Re: Honduran numbers 11 through 19

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May 29, 2013

Hello Jonathan and Adam!

Thank you, Jonathan, for your postings and questions, and thank you, Adam for this excellent feedback…

I agree with Adam, and could not have explained it better - this is really good to see the different possible ways of writing the same sign.

The third and fourth examples that Adam shows, without rotation symbols, but just showing the positions, is easier to read for many people…

Simple writing is a wonderful thing…Years ago we used to write the ASL numbers with more symbols, but now we tend to just write positions…

Also, Jonathan, it appears that your export/import from SignWriter Studio to SignPuddle came in as SignText documents, rather than individual signs as if they were written in SignMaker, so the SignWriter Studio program seems to be exporting and importing text documents even when they are dictionary entries? Something to think about from a programming perspective -

I will look at the other signs too later today -

Thanks for posting questions to the List - keep posting as much as you need to!

Val ;-)


On May 29, 2013, at 9:18 AM, Adam Frost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I couldn't view your attachments, but I was able to look in SignPuddle and find what you were referring to. I wrote 11 and 16 with a could of examples each. The first is how I would positions the symbols with the one that you had written with respect to the movement arrows. Even though the rotation arrows mean no traveling, the beginning and ending hands should be placed at the beginning and ending of the arrow as best as can be done. The second example is the same thing except I use a different movement symbol which makes it so that the beginning and ending read left to right. Since the movements are both the same, I have found that it is easier for people who are used to reading from left to right to read. The last two examples are using the idea of "fingerspelling" in that the change in palm orientation and handshape are enough to know what the in-between movements are. The first one is for horizontal writing and the last one is for vertical writing. I personally like the last example best. ;-)


On May 29, 2013, at 8:04 AM, Jonathan Duncan wrote:

Hi list,
    a Deaf friend and me are entering some signs into to Honduras Puddle,  we are writing the signs in SignWriter Studio then putting them up on the puddle.


    The  audience will be is a hearing people who are new to sign language and SignWriting and Deaf new to SignWriting. Also latter we will be adding some signs that are not used in all parts of Honduras so we need them to be readable by the Deaf that are seeing the sign for the first time too. We are trying to balance between writing in a way that is clear to people who have never seen the sign before and writing simply (without many symbols) so that it will be easy to write them the same way by hand.

Please feel free to look through the puddle and let us know if anything is writing in way that looks wrong or that can't be performed or alternate writings.  We will be asking a few questions on some that we are feeling unsure about

These are numbers eleven through fifteen.  The fist twisting inward showing the palm of the hand.






These are numbers sixteen through nineteen.  The fist twisting outward showing the back of the hand.




Are the symbols positioned in a readable fashion?

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