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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Jul 1, 1998  7:41 am
Subject:  Reading Foreign Signed Languages

July 1st, 1998

A thought...

When looking at our new special feature in Nicarguan Sign Language, do not
assume you cannot read it, just because you do not know Nicaraguan Sign
Language. If you know the SignWriting symbols, you will be able to read the
movements quite well, and when you compare those movements to the English
sentence below, you may find that you can get "a feel" for their grammar
too, which is quite different than ASL's grammar.

I am sharing this with you to show you the enormous flexibility and
potential of SignWriting, to bring us all closer together. If you know
SignWriting, it is amazing how much you can pick up, even when reading
foreign signs.

This is equivalent to the fact that even though different signed languages
are distinct different languages, when two skilled signers from two
different countries get together, they can oftentimes understand each
other, at a certain basic level. And even though I cannot understand
Nicaraguan Sign Language 100% from reading the document, at least at a
basic level, I did get a "feel" for the language.

More later...

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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