The arrow doesn´t mean that the whole hand moves
to the right side. Is that correct?
In German Sign Language "few" is signed not
parallel to the floor but to the wall. So same writing
- just without the gaps? is that correct? The hand stays
- just changing from closed fist to 5 fingers hand.
Could you show us examples?
Examples 0009, Part 1:
The arrow means traveling to the side. So Yes....the
arrows do mean that the whole hand moves to the right
0009, Part 2:
These diagrams show the same kind of finger openings,
with different directions of arm movements, and different
palm facing. They are not signs - just examples of possible
I show you these diagrams, I am not teaching ASL...
are my examples necessarily correct in ASL...the Part
1 examples were taken from our ASL dictionary with movement
to the side while the hand opens. That is the way our
Deaf staff members wrote the sign for FEW back in 1995,
but I am sure there are many different versions for
the same sign in ASL, in different parts of the country.
even if you have a similar sign for FEW in Germany,
and even if that sign originally came over from the
USA from a Deaf person who had graduated from Gallaudet
(or whatever the influence)...once the sign is used
by Deaf people in another culture, it becomes uniquely
theirs - with their direction of movement and their
emphasis and their palm facing...so even
foreign signs change as they are used.
is what happened in the English spoken language - we
borrowed so many words from French and German and Scandinavian
languages...but the words themselves changed and became