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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Oct 22, 1999  3:29 am
Subject:  Re: Linguistic Translation

October 21, 1999

After Joe sent the "translation message", Lourdes responded:


From: Lourdes Tollette
To: "'Joe Martin'"
Cc: "" ,
valerie sutton
Subject: translation
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 15:27:34 -0400

Joe said:
Anyway, I'm wondering about this prediction; Naive readers who know Sign
should be able to read signwriting.
Yes, to a certain extent, at elementary levels of cheremic awareness.
Systematic instruction on the correspondences between cheremes and SW
pictogens would be required to raise that awareness level.
Means: I predict that people who Sign, but have never learned signwriting,
should be able to read signwriting. (a little anyway.) (**and by the way,
Lourdes, if you have any opinions on this I'd love to hear them. ) He
agrees with me-we think some of the symbols need to be taught. You'd need
to be taught that the little plus sign mean to grab something. But we
think that people should be able to figure out much of the signwriting
symbols without being taught, because they are mostly little pictures.
Deaf, hearing or aphasic, could all do this.

Lourdes wrote:

I got it. I understand what you try to telling me about this. And to tell
you about this above you wrote.

Let me say somethng. I read this above. I am naive sign and never hear or
see signwriting before. When I first saw the signwriting symbols in 1998
and I catch signwritng and understand it right away. Sabrina (8 yrs old.),
My daughter is hearing and know ASL since she was baby and her first time
to see signwrite last year and she know all that before I explain to her.
Sometime the symbols is not clearly (like the movement arrows ) but I 've
got to remember arrows up, down, forward and back because I have to look
closer like thick or thin ("across" movement curving up and forward, which
mean start to make thick from the front (near chest) to forward (away from
chest) to become thin and "area" movement curving back, which mean start
away from chest to start thin to back near chest to become thick). I am
sure Val know what I am talking about arrows stuff. Something with that wth
arrows that I must remember... So far I can able to read all of the
signwriting symbols.



Val ;-)


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