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From:  Neil Bauman
Date:  Sun Jun 7, 1998  2:17 pm
Subject:  Re: Sinister SignWriters!

Hi Harry:

>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)?

You are not alone, Sinister Harry. I'm left-handed too. When I was learning
fingerspelling in a HOH class everyone was told to use their right hand. So
I began to learn that way. Then a few years later, a deaf friend tested me
and told me that my brain only thinks "left-handed" and if I ever wanted to
be a fast signer, I should switch to "left handed signing"--which I did.

And Valerie, I was going to say, who cares about left-handed sign writing.
Why not just have one way like we do in English. Perhaps you don't know
this, but when I was learning to write--before I went to school, I always
scribbled from right to left--the natural way for us lefties to write. But
there is no provision for us to write like this in English--so why make an
exception for Sign Writing? At the same time, I sure appreciate the
thought that someone cares enough about the 10% of us who are leftys to
design keyboards to write "south-paw". I really appreciate your
thoughtfulness Valerie.

As you said in another post, with experience, it is easy to read both
dextrous and sinister signers.



Neil Bauman
Box 1233
Three Hills, Alberta CANADA T0M 2A0

  Replies Author Date
207 Re: Sinister SignWriters! Valerie Sutton Sun  6/14/1998
212 Re: Sinister SignWriters and mixed up keyboards Neil Bauman Tue  6/16/1998
213 SW Keyboard Design Valerie Sutton Wed  6/17/1998
215 Re: SW Keyboard Design Neil Bauman Fri  6/19/1998

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