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 <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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! ;)

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  • 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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