For signs on the body, SN follows its usual taxonomic approach,
giving mildly iconic symbols for 12 distinct locations. Again,
later research has shown there to be many more; Corina lists
36 (Corina 30), while Liddell and Johnson found 56 (Liddell &
Johnson 274). For two-handed signs, both systems treat the base
hand as a location and describe it in terms of its hand shape.
This shows its location within the signing space but not the
relation between the two hands, for which SN includes a number
of diacritics. The ASL sign meaning "coffee" is made
with 2 fists, and a small horizontal line placed over one of
them indicates the proper relationship, one hand under the other.
SSW has no symbols for Location. The parts of a SSW character
are not written in left to right order, but in whatever relationship
they actually take in a Sign. For "coffee," one hand
is written underneath the other. The SSW "symbol for location"
is the visual image itself, with its physical arrangement. This
is a radical departure from any kind of linguistic thinking,
but then so were languages that use space instead of sound (Figure
Figure 10: Location of Two Hands, One
on Top of the Other
The ASL sign for "coffee."
||Circular motion, while remaining in contact.
Line over first A-hand means it is lower of two stacked hands.
||Two fists with light colored palms visible. Circular
motion. Stacked position of hands is mapped.