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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Jun 9, 1999  11:30 pm
Subject:  Re: SWPL - Advanced Materials

Kathy Akehurst wrote:
>We're still having a 'thing' (amongst the adults) with facial expressions
>(the children are great at drawing the faces) and, to be honest, I'm
>beginning to believe that - for some - having facial expressions in or
>leaving them out may be akin to the way some people use (or don't use!)
>punctuation in written English. Some are more precise in their writing and
>others just put in enough (in their opinion) to get the message across.
>Personalities prevail, I guess.


I think this makes perfect sense. I probably wrote too many facial
expressions from the video - they were so much fun to write I couldn't stop
myself - ha!

So here is my question - forgetting writing (for the moment) - could
everyone READ the facial expressions? If they could read them, even if they
could "take them or leave them" - if they were readable that means
something to me.

And in regards to the issues of "what to write and what not to write" -
those are hard issues. Time will tell what is and is not important when
writing signed languages. But at least we can write it all if we want to!!

Maybe you could document what facial expressions they feel they absolutely
need - are there any? Or are the adults ignoring all of them?

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


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