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February 24, 1998

SUBJECT: Transcription

Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 10:19:01 -0500
From: Mark Mandel <>
Subject: transcription

Charles Butler wrote:


For example, the first lesson was the index finger and the flat hand. With these two delimiters there are all the pronouns for English/ASL including possessives, motion forward (you) , back (me), in an arc to the front (yours), to the left and forward (his/hers), wrist turn while in an arc (ours), etc. From that beginning, one can walk through the basics of handshape, orientation, movement, and contact with just a few signs and from the very beginning introduce a way to write as well as sign one's vocabulary.


So when you talk about "transcription" on your flash cards, you are referring to prose descriptions like:

"index finger to the left and forward"


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