Viewing The Body
Sutton Movement Writing, documents can be written from one of three
different viewpoints: FullBody, Receptive or Expressive.
movement is usually written in FullBody View, and
is usually written left to right on a five-lined staff.
reader is sitting in the audience, viewing a person standing on
(the mover) turns on the stage, as the reader remains fixed in the
audience. There are specific ways to write facing straight front,
facing the front corner, facing the side wall, facing the back corner,
facing the back wall and lying on the floor.
These lessons, teaching FullBody writing, will always
use the FullBody View. You, the reader, are the audience, and the
mover is standing on a stage before you.
& Receptive Viewpoints
has its own unique viewpoints: Receptive and Expressive. Neither
are the same as FullBody View.
Receptive View was developed for transcribing signs
from video, or writing a signer facing the reader squarely. The
body is always seen straight front.
Expressive View is the standard for SignWriting
publications. It developed through the experience of skilled Deaf
writers, who found that writing from their own perspective gave
them a true writing system. The Expressive View is unique, because
it views the signs as if you are standing behind another person
signing and you are seeing through their back to see the signs from
the signer's perspective. It is based on how it feels
to do the movement yourself.
the Expressive View, there are two perspectives: The Expressive
Front View and the Expressive Top View.
Handshapes can be viewed, for example, from both the Front and the
Top, all seen from your own perspective.