Symbols for Movement

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Below are the symbols used for directions, paths, and other types of movement. Aspects like repetition and alternation can be applied to any direction or path. “Others” can be added in to a direction or path in the second movement grid space or used alone. Note the wide arrow distinguishing forward/body directions from down/up and the doubled arrow that distinguishes alternation from oscillation.

Directional symbols can also be used with non-manuals. If a non-manual feature is considered a movement rather than a still position, it can be specified as such using a starting and ending position, which will appear on either side of a diagonal line (the same as changes to handshape or orientation).

Direction and timing

movement dir chart2


movement path chart2


movement other chart2