|SignWriting List Forum|
Mark Penner |
Date: Mon Oct 25, 1999 2:11 am
Subject: Re: Changes in the SW List!
At 14:09 10/22/1999 -0400, you wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Oct 1999, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> > Yes - exactly! English would remain the main language of the SW List,
> > but translations into other languages could be added to the messages
> > at the end if they wish....
> This is fine, but no one will do it. As a trained translator, I
You're right, Angus, it just won't happen. I'm not sure we English speakers
really need to know every little thing that's going on. Its a simple
delete, and if something really significant comes up, someone will
eventually translate it for the rest of us. Being able to converse freely
in their own native (or in the case of the Deaf, second) langauge will only
stimulate the spread of SignWriting, and need not bother the rest of us who
Personally, I was delighted to see German pop up on my screen the other
day. I only know enough to know that it was German, but it felt good
somehow to see something going on that was totally beyond my understanding
and control. When people want to communicate to the large audience, they
will take the time and trouble to do so in English--the stuff that's only
of interest to that portion of our list might take place in another
language. I say let it.