|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Wed Aug 18, 1999 6:50 pm
Subject: Re: ISO language code for Sign Languages
On August 18, 1999, Michael Everson wrote:
>ISO 639-2 is an International Standard which specifies a three-letter code
>to identify languages. There is at present no code for Sign Language. I
>have proposed "sgn" to the SignWriting List.
>There is a procedure in ISO 693-2 to follow for applying for a code. I can
>prepare an application document on behalf of DAC, assuming the DAC can
>vouch for the fact that there are 50 documents written in Sign Language.
August 18, 1999
Thank you for helping us apply to the ISO for an International Standard for
identifying Sign Languages!
The term "sgn" is perfect. It fits with the way the SignWriter Computer
Program names typed SignWriting documents. They are called .SGN files.
And yes....we can easily vouch for the fact that we have over 50 documents
written in Sign Language! After 25 years, I assure you we have
hundreds....just in Nicaragua alone, they have typed that many documents in
Nicaraguan Sign Language, let alone Spain, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Brazil
and several other countries.
Back in the 1980's we published the SignWriter Newspaper quarterly for four
years, and each issue included approximately 10 articles written in
American and/or Danish Sign Language...that is approximately 160 documents
right there...and now our DAC is publishing a whole group of
documents...the Children's Stories Series....you can read some of them on
Two places to look on the web for literature...
I can prepare a listing with titles of documents if you wish...
...have a great day!!