SignWriting List
November 24, 2011

Hello Madson and Stefan -
Thanks to you both for the good suggestions…

I like both of your ways of writing this hand symbol - I can read both of them clearly because it is obvious in both versions that:

1. the two fingers bend and…

2. the root of the symbol is a tight fist

There are actually two other ways that this hand symbol could be written - One of them is to write Stefan's version with an angle out for the little finger...years ago we made the little finger at an angle to the square for the fist, so that readers would hopefully not confuse the little finger with the index finger…please excuse my lousy artwork - I just did this quickly…of course the little finger line should be a little shorter at an angle:

And the other way of writing this is to have the two fingers bend relating into each other…always bending towards each other as if they are talking to each other…

I am happy no matter what you choose - all that matters is that we can read the symbols…If there is a bend in both fingers and there is a square for the fist, that is enough to read the symbol…

Val ;-)



On Nov 24, 2011, at 2:53 PM, Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:

I would write this handshape this way –


On Nov 24, 2011, at 2:25 PM, Madson Barreto wrote:

Hello Valerie and everyone,
Thank you for answers and comments on my posts.
Charles and Valerie, we already know the lessons of SignWriting translated by Marianne Stumpf, she was my teacher at the College of Letras Libras.
By the way, this semester our Group for the Study of SignWriting is not coming together because several components were doing the compulsory training of faculty, including me. But my wife, myself and a friend deaf always talked about the SignWriting.
I am forwarding the email on the handshapes of Libras to make it easier to analyze eachone.
- The picture "1" is the union of 01-01-007 (ISWA code) and 01-06-019.
Valerie, Charles and Stefan, thank your comments. Valerie, you said there is another way of writing this handshape. What is it?

Madson Barreto