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From:  "Angus B. Grieve-Smith"
Date:  Wed Jul 8, 1998  12:06 pm
Subject:  Intro: Angus Grieve-Smith

I've been meaning to introduce myself for a while. My name is
Angus Grieve-Smith, and I'm a PhD student in computational sign
linguistics at the University of New Mexico.

I should say at this point that although I feel that writing
is one of the best things that could be done for sign, I do not
consider SignWriting to be the best writing system available, and my
objections to SignWriting are on record.

I have joined the SignWriting list because it is the only
forum where written sign is regularly discussed, and I feel that some
good work and some good people are associated with SignWriting. I
plan to only offer constructive comments, and not attack SignWriting
in its own forum, but I think you should know my views in advance.

When I read back on this, it looks so downbeat. Let me balance
that by saying that I think written sign is a great way to enable signers
to communicate over time and distance, and has the potential for bringing
prestige and recognition to signed languages. I'm sure that you all
agree, and I'm glad that we're together on this.

-Angus B. Grieve-Smith
Linguistics Department
The University of New Mexico

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