|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Wed Feb 17, 1999 6:01 pm
Subject: Writing ASL Sentences
February 17, 1999
Dear SignWriting List Members!
Thank you for your attached documents - I have received several documents
typed in SignWriting, attached to email messages, in the past few hours.
Isn't that great?! You are really getting skilled at typing with SignWriter
I know that the grammar of signed languages is different in every language
- and of course that makes it complicated to teach you all how to write
grammar on this List - since this is an international list.
In ASL, we have found that most sentences begin with the eyebrows up - in
other words - the sentences begin with a "topic marker", which means the
eyebrows are raised.
So for those of you sending me ASL documents, remember to start the
sentences with eyebrows up - it is a little like the capital letter at the
beginning of English sentences -" Eyebrows Up" is usually the beginning of
most ASL sentences.
You can read more about this on our web site:
Writing ASL Grammar
Lesson 1: Topic Markers
What is it like in other signed languages? Do you also start sentences with
Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA