|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Mon Dec 13, 1999 1:16 am
Subject: Re: Writing Legs & Feet
December 12, 1999
Hello Cecelia, and Everyone on the SW List....
Thank you for the fascinating message pasted below....
I had not heard of that sign with the feet before, but it does prove our
point, doesn't it?!
It reinforces the fact that the division between the SignWriting symbol set
and the DanceWriting symbol set are increasingly becoming blurry...I think
as researchers learn more and more about signed languages, they are
learning that the whole body is sometimes involved in signed languages.
Therefore I am thinking of writing a more complete textbook for the entire
Movement Writing system, so people do not have to look in TWO separate
books ...(one for SignWriting and one for DanceWriting)...but instead will
have the entire Movement Writing system in one volume as a reference
book...That way, all symbols will be there to choose from...
Cecelia Smith wrote:
>I have to admit....I never used to think that the feet really were important
>to writing signs in ASL, however, I did interpret a seminar once, given by a
>very well educated, very fluent Deaf man.
>Towards the end of a very intensive hour, someone asked him an exceptionally
>controversial question, and he knew there was no time to get into that topic.
> As he thoughtfully stroked his chin, he made a half step forward, tapped his
>toe down, and brought it back, then moved on to the next question.
>I was flummoxed. I KNEW that he had just said something, but I had no clue
>what...I had never seen anything like that before in my life!...and had to
>have it explained to me. Luckily, 2 Deaf folks in the audience saw my
>confusion and helped me out and provided a signed English translation for me
>"That is a very controversial topic, and I really can't go into it right
>Talk about WOW! I never would have figured that one out in a million years!
> Since then, I have seen it several times, always in similar settings....and
>always meaning the same. In Seattle, WA DC, Virginia, and from Deaf people
>from Georgia, California, and Wisconsin. So...although it was a sign I was
>never taught...It is a sign. And if you can't use feet...it will never show
>up in sign writing!
>Anyway, that's my two cents.
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