thank you for this useful link to the e-lessons.
I will gather all e-lessons in a single word document for my own usage.
Do you want a copy? You could post-it for download in word or PDF format.
If so, I will need a suggestion for the coverpage and a few lines of introduction by you (which you can provide later when I send you a draft of the document).
Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 20:33:18 -0700
From: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: AW: help with writing an ASL sentence for an academic paper
To: [log in to unmask]
September 8, 2013
Hello Andre -
Thank you for your messages. Yes, there are two SignSpelling Rules that are important to read and understand. They are located on these web pages:
1: Write the Position of Contact
2: Every Sign Has A Center
and also read:
and continue all the way through this web page:
We try to write the way the signs look in real life as much as possible…so when two hands contact, we write the two hand symbols as best as we can, as close to each other as we can. So the Contact Symbols cannot come between the two hand symbols, because in real life that would not happen. Of course there are times that it is hard to write one hand over the other or whatever, so we are not 100 per cent like real life, but at least we try to place them close to each other and still readable. Then you place the Contact Symbols near those two hand symbols, if you feel you need the Contact Symbols.
Since most of the time, we are able to write the two hand symbols close to each other when we contact…we call that the "Position of Contact" - since most of the time we can write the Position of Contact visually, the way it really looks, there are times when a single Touch Contact Star is not needed because you can see the contact through the visual placement of the two symbols…
I suggest that you read the above web pages carefully and look at all the diagrams - it will help a lot.
Regarding the placement of the arrows….The Position of Contact is the "center" of the sign and the arrows either push or pull to or away from that center, as explained in the SignSpelling Rules above…
I think your last question is related to "classifiers"? or perhaps I do not understand your last question? Give us an example of what you are asking…that might help...