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From:  "Judy A. Kegl"
Date:  Sun Jul 18, 1999  10:09 pm
Subject:  Re: sign writing principles?


I am intrigued by the question "are there any problems that make writing a
sign language MORE difficult than writing spoken languages in (roman)
letters?" (emphasis added)

Writing signs means going changing a visual communication system (a sign
language) into another kind of VISUAL communication (writing). Going from a
spoken language to a written one, on the other hand, requires changing an
aural system into a visual one. I would expect it easier to stay within
visual mediums than to adapt an aural system into a visual one. I think the
query is better phrased: "What are the characteristics that make writing a
sign language EASIER than writing spoken languages in roman letters?"

-- James Shepard-Kegl




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>From: "Martin 'Lolly' Lorenz"
>To: SignWriting List
>Subject: Re: sign writing principles?
>Date: Wed, Aug 18, 1999, 10:58 AM
>

> What you, Valerie Sutton wrote to me. received Wed, Aug 18 at 16:28
CEST
> [...]
> |> Thanks for all your messages...there a lot of great ones. And Martin,
> |> thanks for your questions about developing a human-computer-interface with
> |> SignWriting. That sounds like exciting work.
> |>
> i am afraid you missunderstood my problem...
>
> the actual question i have is about the
> underlying principles of SignWriting and
> maybe any other system for writing down
> sign languages (HamNoSys for example)
>
> are there any problems, that make writing a sign language
> more difficult than writing spoken languages in (roman) letters?
>
> what are the problems, that make writing signlanguages
> more difficult than writing oral language.
> ...what i guess is, that the 4th dimension introduced
> through space in sign language makes it more difficult to
> transpose it to the 2-dimensional paper.
>
> is there a principle rule followed by SignWriting"
>
> i also wonder if the SignWriting system is (as it seems
> for me) somehow related to chinese script.
>
> to me it seems that both are somehow logographic.
>
> [...]
> thanks a lot for the links
> i will have a look.
>
> thanks a gain ;-)
> and greets from vienna/austria
> --
> Martin "Lolly" Lorenz
>
> Microsoft, I think, is fundamentally an evil company.
> - JAMES H. CLARK
>
> http://hasiti.mir.at/~martin
>
> the more daring thing mostly is
> to question the known
> than to explore the unknown
>


  Replies Author Date
1696 Re: sign writing principles? Martin 'Lolly' Lorenz Wed  8/18/1999
1724 Re: sign writing principles? Valerie Sutton Mon  8/23/1999

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