Date: Sun Aug 22, 1999 4:39
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Writing Name Signs
>In english, for example, John likes loody vs. John likes Loody. In the
>first case, I would guess loody to be perhaps a food. Anyway, I would
>expect to find "loody" in a dictionary. In the second case, I would assume
>Loody to be a person, and I wouldn't bother looking up the meaning in a
>dictionary. So, we found it useful to use underlining since we can't
What an interesting point, James, about names in English being
In regards to SignWriting, even though we don't "capitalize" at the moment,
in time that may start happening, but a little differently than in written
For example, some signed languages may use facial expressions to "mark" a
proper name. In that case, the facial expression is similar to the marker
of a capital letter in English.
And, as computer programs for typing SignWriting become more sophisticated,
we might be able to make certain signs bolder, italicized, larger or
smaller than the rest of the type, or in different colors.
And yes - underlining too - just as you mentioned you are doing now, by hand.