Some Italian Signs Written in SignWriting


Video is Receptive
The pictures below are captured from a QuickTime video clip on the computer. The signer is facing you. That is called the Receptive Viewpoint.
SignWriting is Expressive
The exact same signs are written below in SignWriting. The signs are written from your point of view. Now YOU are telling the story in the Expressive View.

Left Hand

Is Marked
By Tension Symbol

The eyegaze establishes the classifier's location left diagonal.

Is Marked
By Tension Symbol

As the classifier is held in space with the left hand, another sign is done with the right.


The right hand moves towards the left hand, which is still marking the classifier...

Fast multiple movements are intensified with lowered eyebrows, gritting teeth, and the head projected forward towards the left diagonal.

More Detailed Depth
You can write the overhead view , which shows depth - It shows how far the hand is placed from the chest. The circle is the top of the head, and the little dark spokes (to the side of the head circle) are the overhead view of the shoulders....

Writing Smiles When The Signer Is Generally Pleasant

By placing smiles on the face at times, the feeling of the sentence mirrors the pleasant expression of the signer, although it may not be linguistically significant. That is why you see lots of smiling faces in SignWriting children's stories...they have a definite positive effect on the reader. What is significant is that SignWriting can record mood and feeling that exudes from body language during conversations, and it is becoming evident that SignWriting literature is easier to read (readers are more fluent) - if some moods, such as smiling are written along with the signs.

Other Details Could Be Written

You can write the nose wrinkling and the shoulders up:



You can write the movement down diagonal instead of forward diagonal.



If you know the SignWriting symbols, you can write all those details, without knowing the signed languages you are writing.

But to know what is linguistically significant, and what is not, will clearly be decided over generations, as more linguists, teachers and native signers write their signed languages.


...for more information contact...

Paolo Rossini

ISTC Istituto di Scienze e Technologie della Cognizione
(Institute of Sciences and Technologies of Cognition)

CNR Consiglio Nazionale della Ricerca
(National Research Council)

Via Nomentana, 56 - 00161 Rome, Italy


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Valerie Sutton


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