February 21, 2000
Should I always write the beginning and ending position?
- I think not, but I am not sure when I should and when
I shouldn't...can you explain?
Good question. Originally, we always wrote both the beginning
and ending positions, but after awhile it became clear
that it depends on the sign. Some signs require two positions,
some require the beginning position only, and some require
the second position only.
let me show you a series of attachments....I think this
will become clear as we go along, once you see some examples.
This will take several attachments, so keep patient and
I will slowly give you the answers....
first attachment shows a sign for ANGRY in ASL. Notice
how the handshape doesn't change at all in this particular
sign. All three spellings below are correct. All three
are the same sign. Most people use number 2, writing the
beginning position only, but none of them are wrong: