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Tigie: Certain letters, like "d" face the speaker to look like a "d" right?
DrVicars: Most of the letters somewhat face the receiver (at a comfortable 45 degree angle).
Let's take the letter d for example, if I were signing to you, my index finger would be pointing up and the the tips of my of my other fingers would be curled around to meet the tip of my thumb. The palm of my right hand would be facing a bit off to my left (it is aimed a bit off to your right side--remember in this scenario you are the receiver, my left is your right). Anyway, for most of the fingerspelled alphabet, most of the letters your palm is pointing about half way between forward (for clarity) and to the left (for comfort).
Tigie: Oh, I thought the index finger was facing me.
[The tip of the index finger points upward, the palm points mostly forward but not necessarily at the other person because that is uncomfortable..]
DrVicars: The exception is for the "g" and "h"
letters--the palm is slightly back toward the signer
Tigie: thanks, I was confused
Lii: That seems a whole lot less... (I can't think of the
word)... "cumbersome" in the
DrVicars: Sure, just remember my main rule: "If it hurts, don't do it!"
DrVicars: The deaf won't sign something in a painful way