|SignWriting List Forum|
Neil Bauman |
Date: Sun Jun 7, 1998 2:17 pm
Subject: Re: Sinister SignWriters!
>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
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
As you said in another post, with experience, it is easy to read both
dextrous and sinister signers.
Three Hills, Alberta CANADA T0M 2A0