|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Thu May 13, 1999 5:26 am
Subject: Re: learning to read
> Absolutely. Very interesting! We do the same thing in English,
>for example: many Midwesterners pronounce "pen" the way I would pronounce
>"pin." If they read aloud, they would pronounce a "short i" in that word,
>but they would still get the same meaning.
> -Angus B. Grieve-Smith
> Linguistics Department
> The University of New Mexico
Yes...and this gets into the issue of "standard ways of writing a sign", or
"standard spellings". Once, a long time ago, we had a discussion about
"sizes" of symbols. Someone asked me why we wrote such large SignWriting
symbols, and I explained that generally beginners seem to need a large size
and then later we can read at smaller sizes.
One of the reasons we can read SignWriting at very small sizes is that
certain "sign spellings" have become standardized, and our brains have
memorized how they will be written. So reading at small sizes becomes easy
when you have internalized how certain signs are "spelled".
The other day, when working on the Advanced Goldilocks document, I reduced
the size of the writing - and when I read the smaller size I realized that
it was less strain on my eyes to read the small size. That was a
revelation! Why would the smaller size be easier to read?
In English, fluent readers do not want to read huge type - there must be a
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