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Hi Sutthikhun,

I agree with you about the significance of gestures. It seems to be a very
under-studied and long-overdue research topic.

While gestures may not have "words," they sure can pack a boatload of
meanings!

Even in ASL, there are gestures (in my opinion). Sometimes new students
confuse between gestures and ASL in a narration.

I definitely have it in my notes to provide an activity for students to
point out which is a gesture and a sign in an ASL video. I would like for
us to be able to signwrite gestures as well.

Thanks for bringing it up!

Cheers,

AnnaGrace

On Sun, Mar 27, 2022 at 5:04 PM Sutthikhun Phaengphongsai <
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> Hello SW List members!
>
> Other than sign languages, I'm not sure whether anyone has adopted
> MovementWriting for gestures in recent years. I was inspired by gesture
> notation in the book 'Sutton Movement Shorthand: Notation Supplement', and
> realized that even non-verbal communication such as human gestures are
> worth taking notes as well.
>
> {{Some argue that sign languages should be classified as non-verbal just
> because signers don't use speech, however the majority of what I've found
> leans to sign languages being truly verbal because they contain vocabulary
> that are equivalent to those of spoken languages, while gestures are
> non-verbal because they don't contain words.}}
>
> Although gestures are essential in communication of both deaf and
> hearing-person communities, they are rarely mentioned or written about.
> That's why I'd like to transcribe the gestures in our daily lives and want
> you to take notes of your own cultural gestures too! ;)
>
> [image: SW_others.png]
>
>    - Air quotes, used to express satire, sarcasm, irony or euphemism,
>    among others
>    - Awkward turtle, used to mark a moment as awkward
>    - Batsu, used to indicate that something is "wrong" or "no good"
>    - *Che vuoi?*, used when something is unclear, such as "what do you
>    want?", "what are you saying?"
>    - Hand heart, a recent pop culture symbol meaning love
>    - Jazz hands, used in dance or other performances
>    - Kohanic, used (especially by those of Kohanic or priestly descent)
>    when reciting the Priestly Blessing
>    - Kung fu salute, a formal demonstration of respect between kung fu
>    practitioners
>    - Merkel-Raute, the signature gesture of Angela Merkel has become a
>    political symbol used by both her supporters and opponents
>    - Namaste, a sign of respect in India and among yoga practitioners
>    - Praying hands, used in most major religions during prayer
>    - Shame, universally (at least in the U.S.) understood to be a "shame
>    on you"
>    - TT (crying), used to indicate that the user is upset or crying
>    - Victory clasp, used to exclaim victory
>    - Whatever, used to signal that something is not worth the time and
>    energy
>    - Zoltan, a sign of faith
>
> Sutthikhun
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