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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Sep 16, 1999  4:57 pm
Subject:  Writing not drawing


Hi Everyone -

A thought came to mind this morning ....

In English, people say that we "draw a circle" but we "write the letter O"
even though both symbols are the same. This is important from a
psychological sense...some people see drawing as "less sophisticated" or
"less meaningful" than writing.

And because SW has a visual quality to it, I want people to realize that
the symbols are meaningful, and are written by hand everyday.

So for that reason, I choose not to use the term "draw" when referring to
writing signs in SignWriting. SignWriting does not require artistic ability
to write it....no more than writing English does, so I want to emphasize
this....

Does it make a difference to any of you, when a person uses the term "draw"
versus "write"? How do you feel about this?


Valerie ;-)




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1842 Re: Writing not drawing Martin 'Lolly' Lorenz Thu  9/16/1999

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