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September 28, 2012

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On Sep 28, 2012, at 3:06 AM, Oscar Koller wrote:

Hello everybody,

I added following appended 4 entries to the German Sign Puddle. The editors noted in each case that the writing is not correct. Could anybody explain to me, what should be changed?



Hello Oscar, Stefan, Charles and everyone -
Thank you, Oscar, for posting your questions to the SignWriting List. We are happy to help.

I see that Charles has already answered you - Thank you, Charles.

To answer your first question, about the sign id00007. The sign needs to have a Right Arrow and a Left Arrow. It is incorrect to write a General Arrow, that is neither right nor left. Why? Because the General Arrow does not represent "both hands". The General Arrow represents "overlapping movement paths". There is a clear explanation of Overlapping Paths in the book: "SignWriting Basic Instruction Manual" which can be downloaded here:

SignWriting Lessons Online

It is number 1 on that web page. Here is the link for download:

SignWriting Basics Instruction Manual

Go to page 39 in the PDF, which is really numbered page 34 in the document.

Here is a screen capture of the explanation attached. In the sign id0007, the movements of the two hands do not overlap each other…they paint two separate right and left movement paths…

Val ;-)

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