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From:  Charles Butler
Date:  Mon May 25, 1998  10:14 am
Subject:  Re: Sinister SignWriters!

Harry Blackmore wrote:
> Sinister SignWriters! Of course I am referring to the Latin
> for left-handed SignWriters!
> I am left-handed, and I sign AUSLAN, the AUstralian Sign
> LANguage derivative of British Sign Language and, therefore,
> uses the two-handed manual alphabet. As you may imagine,
> it sometimes takes a novice sign-reader a little adjustment to
> realise why the signs he or she is reading on the sinister signer's
> seem back to front!
> How many SignWriters on this list are left-handed? And do you
> find it troublesome to compose all your pictograms in the dexterous
> (right-handed) form? Otherwise, left-handed SignWriting may
> confuse readers. How is it for ASL and like languages (one-hand
> manual alphabet)?
> Harry Blackmore
> (not only left-handed, but also down-under!)
> Dr Harry Blackmore
> Tel: +61 8 9245 1474 Fax: +61 8 9245 1430
> Mail: 43 Newborough St., Scarborough, Western Australia 6019
It wouldn't matter to me, I see left and right handed signers all the
time. The signs are dominant/less dominant, not left/right oriented,
except when referring to specific objects in space.

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