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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Jun 30, 1998  4:21 pm
Subject:  Re: Pictograms

On June 30, Charles Butler wrote:
>The proper term is cheironomy, not cheirography. Cheirography is
>handwriting, cheironomy is gesture language (as the word was used in the
>14th century). The word now means a gesture system indicating a musical
>chant (such as the Kodali hand-sign system for solfeggio singing). So a
>cheironomic alphabet is Sign Writing. Kodali would be a specific
>application of cheironomy.

Hi Charles -
Thanks for this clarification...I did not know the term!

Our "cheironomic alphabet" can also write Kodali too...perhaps you have
already written some of it?

I am preparing our Special Feature for our web site tonight, which I hope
to post tomorrow. It is the beginning pages of a story written in
Nicaraguan Sign Language, which is used in the school for Deaf children in
Bluefields..."the Escuelita de Bluefields". The story is written by James
Shepard Kegl, typed with SignWriter and then with permission from the
publishers, pasted onto the color illustrated pages. It is nice to know
that the children in Nicaragua are reading these stories in SignWriting
right now.

Sign language literacy is truly happening at this moment -

Best -

Valerie Sutton :-)

Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA
(619)456-0098 voice
(619)456-0010 tty
(619)456-0020 fax

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