|SignWriting List Forum|
Don & Theresa G |
Date: Fri Nov 12, 1999 4:46 pm
Subject: A question...
Now admittedly, I haven't taken the time to learn, write or read SW, but I
looked at the GIFs for "DOG", and was pretty much able to figure out the
sign from seeing it. Of course, knowing what the word would be helped ;-)
(Just FYI, I think using GIFs is a good way of sending the SW through
email...makes it accessible for those of us who have not downloaded the SW
I was surprised at being able to figure out the sign as written... it was
semi-iconic of the sign, but not entirely so, enough to actually give me
some "work" in figuring out what the elements were.
So, this leads me to my question.... how much time does it actually take to
WRITE a SignWriting character/word/sign? Because there is an element of
drawing in it, I wonder if it takes time to draw those things. I'm thinking
in comparison to Chinese, the symbols are seemingly complex, but actually
only take a few brush strokes to complete one character. But for SW, it
seems it would take a lot more than a few strokes of a pen to write a SW
character. If it takes significantly more time to complete a SW character
than it would for Chinese or an English word, then it would seem to me that
it would still not be an efficient way for written communication, or not as
efficient as "standard" writing systems, anyway.