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Ta Ti

Signed

Designation

The signed version of Ta Ti is called ta ti hu ma mu or ta ti mu for short.

Description

Signed Ta Ti is not a language on its own, it is system of gestures which simply code the sounds of Ta Ti.

Structure

Each Syllable, and thus word, has one sign which is composed of a hand shape, a hand orientation, a hand location relative to the body, and a hand movement which are determined by phonetic values of the word of Ta Ti.

Phonotactics

To start, let's have some Ta Ti phonotactics theory laid out for ease of understanding. Each word (syllable) in Ta Ti has the form: CcVv, where

Encoding

C is encoded by hand shape as follows
ba hooked index finger, but otherwise a fistASL "X"
dthumb and index finger form a circle, other fingers extended and together.
fthumb across and touching palm, other fingers extended and togetherASL "B"
hthumb and pinky finger extended, but otherwise a fistASL "Y"
jpinky finger extended, but otherwise a fistASL "I"
kthumb and pinky finger form a circle, other fingers extended and separateASL "W"
lthumb and all other fingers form a circleASL "O"
mthumb and all other fingers extendedASL "5"
nindex and pinky finger extended, but otherwise a fist
pfistASL "S"
rthumb and all other fingers form a broken circleASL "C"
sthumb extended, but otherwise a fistASL "10" handshape
tindex and middle fingers extended, but otherwise a fistASL "V"
windex finger extended, thumb and all other fingers form a circleASL "D"
ythumb and index finger extended, but otherwise a fistASL "L"
c is encoded by hand orientation as follows
lpalm down and extended fingers (if or as if present) pointing forward from body
rpalm to the side and extended fingers (if or as if present) pointing forward from body
wpalm to the side and extended fingers (if or as if present) pointing up
omittedpalm pointing forward from body and extended fingers (if or as if present) pointing up
V is encoded by hand movement as follows
ahand moves in one circle starting either right or left, then forward
ehand moves up then down
ihand moves forward then back
ohand moves in one circle starting either down or up, then forward
uhand moves in one circle starting either down or up, then right or left
v is encoded by hand location relative to the body in which the sign begins as follows
iin front of stomach
uin front of chest
omittedto the side of the chest

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