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August 14, 2019

Hi Adam -
I love Basics. I agree - let's go back to the Basics.

Both of your examples below are "Same Time".

Neither of the signs have Alternating arrows.

Alternating requires at least two movements in opposite directions produced by the SAME hand. Usually short quick movements back and forth, but even longer movements back and forth can be alternating just as long as they are done by the same hand, one directly after the other.

The signs you show have one direction per hand, so they are not alternating.

Val ;-)

On Aug 14, 2019, at 4:56 PM, Adam Frost <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Yes, I suspect we are talking apples and oranges, which is probably partly due to me switching back and forth between full SignWriting and making a shortened form for handwriting. ;-)

I think I will pull it back a little because it seems I don’t understand the “same time alternating” as well as I thought. I could get into why I thought that, but I think it might be better if we get back to basics and then see where the thought paths diverge.

Let's consider these two writings. (This is how I would normally write them for publication. Ha!)


If I were to add the timing symbols, I would add the “Same Time” symbol to the first writing. What about the second writing? Which timing symbol would be correctly used?




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