SignWriting List
February 4, 2011

Note: Signs in these examples are written in Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS) and are from the book Novo Diet-Libras, Língua de Sinais Brasileira, Volume 1, Universidade de São Paulo;


...continued from previous email January 30, 2011....


…this sign in LIBRAS from Brazil…

…based on this illustration on page 381 of Novo Diet-Libras…

…following SignSpelling Guideline 5 (below), does not need a Surface Contact Symbol, since there is no contact. It is clear, without the Surface Symbol, that the right hand is above the left hand:

There are different ways to interpret the movement in this sign. It could be considered a curve to the mouth, but the writer chose two short straight movements and I bet that is the way it is signed in day to day communication, so let's leave that...Without the Surface Symbol, the sign is simpler to read.

SignSpelling Guideline 5:
Surface Symbols are not needed in daily writing....

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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