Date: Tue Aug 3, 1999 4:09
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Acronyms for SLs
>By the way, there are more than 100 signed languages listed in the
>Ethnologue, so if you haven't checked it out, do it!
August 3, 1999
Hi Steve and Everyone!
Thanks for this good message about the SIL listing - I think it is an
excellent list and very hard to compile. I can well imagine there were all
kinds of problems putting it together, and yes...the three letter acronyms
are exactly what is needed...because more letters become cumbersome in
And if the ISO had the SIL listing as a part of their lists of
language-acronyms then that would be a great help to programmers....
Of course, up until now, there was no way to type signed languages anyway,
so that is an obvious reason why signed languages were not included in the
ISO listing - but now with SignWriting that can change - so I am trying to
assist in this historic shift...
It probably doesn't seem that important to non-programmers, but it does
have a subtle influence on Deaf rights - because their languages will be
more respected by the established programmers.
At least that is what I hope for....
So I think we owe the SIL a debt of gratitude for the work they have done
all these years - it is extensive.
And I will definitely write to them to thank them, and to tell them about
my thoughts, and then I will write to the ISO - and I bet this will all
Thanks for writing, Steve, and say hello to the Spanish "signwriters"for us -
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