Date: Sun Jul 18, 1999 10:09
SignWriting List Forum
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
>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
> |> 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
> the more daring thing mostly is
> to question the known
> than to explore the unknown