|SignWriting List Forum|
"Lucinda P. Batch" |
Date: Wed Jun 10, 1998 4:38 pm
Subject: Re: Hello from Marie Alexander and the Maltese Sign Language Project
I would like to introduce myself to you, I am Cindy Batch. I am deaf and
have been using Sign Writing. I was an ASL researcher at the Salk Institute
and at the San Diego State University. When I transcribed the data, I would
always use in expressive form. Later on, when I needed to read the data and
it is easier for me to read in the expressive way. I have heard that it
seemed difficult for hearing people to write in expressive form. They would
prefer to use the receptive form. I think it is important that your
researchers all agree which form ( expressively or receptively) to use for
your research purpose. So everyone can read with one method instead of two
methods. It can be confusing!
From: Marie Alexander
To: SignWriting List
Date: Wednesday, June 10, 1998 5:58 AM
Subject: Hello from Marie Alexander and the Maltese Sign Language Project
>I joined your group a wee while ago and I would now like to introduce
myself. I am the executive director of the Institute of Linguistics at the
University of Malta. I am a linguist but have recently decided that as I am
unlikely to live for ever (!) I need to focus on Maltese Sign Language which
has been developing very fast the last 15 years or so. There is a great
deal one could say about the deaf community in Malta...but I will resist.
>After a visit to Professor Bencie Woll at City University London, I decided
we needed signwriting here...so that's how this all started. I subsequently
wrote in with this question:
> I would appreciate it if anyone can tell me whether signwriting is
used expressively only by deaf users and receptively only by researchers.
Is it not very confusing for deaf researchers then?
> I am still struggling with signwriting... I would appreciate some
advice. The study of Maltese Sign Language is only just beginning. Maltese
Sign Language is only now gaining recognition even by the Maltese deaf
themselves. It is not yet used extensively in education and not at all
beyond primary education since the majority of children are in the
mainstream. Of course it is a vicious circle. It started being used in
education once it gained some recognition. It is still a very young
language (since the deaf did not previously come together as a community
after school) but it is responding very fast to the demands made on it.
> I would like not to have two ways of signwriting - but need to stay
in touch with the rest of the world if possible (maybe that is rather
>Perhaps my question arises from limited understanding? Can anyone help?
>Institute of Linguistics
>University of Malta
>Msida MSD 06