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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Jan 19, 2000  5:02 pm
Subject:  Question About American Sign Language....


January 19, 2000

Hello SignWriting List!
The List has been rather quiet lately, hasn't it? I have a heavy
workload right now, so of course I was hoping others might post some
messages!!

A lot of people write to me privately with pages and pages of email
reports and questions, and of course I am really happy to read all
the wonderful messages. If you are one of those waiting for a
reply...you have not been forgotten...I am trying to get to all the
wonderful reports soon ;-)

Here is a recent question from one of the private messages:

QUESTION:
"Perhaps you can answer a question for me. You seem to have a lot of
interest expressed in SW from foreign teachers. I assume that they are
applying your methods to their own sign language and that ASL is not
practiced in such countries. My question is: Is ASL used in any country
other than our own and if English is not their language do they translate the
ASL signs using words of their own language. I think the answer to both
parts of this question is no, but I would like to have the opinion of an
expert."

ANSWER:
Hmmmm...I bet there are a lot of people on the SW List who are more
expert on the subject of ASL than I am.

I hope people will write to tell us what countries use ASL...

In regards to SignWriting in other countries....English-speaking
Canada and the USA seem to be the two places using our SignWriting
materials in American Sign Language.

The other countries use SignWriting symbols to write their own signed
languages, which has nothing to do with ASL. At present, SignWriting
is used to write signed languages in Spain, Nicaragua, Brazil,
Denmark, Flanders (Belgium), Ireland, Italy, France, the UK, Norway,
Malaysia, Germany - and there are several more countries too....the
list is growing - and all of those countries do not use ASL.

So does anyone on the List know of another country using ASL besides
the USA and Canada?

Thanks for your question -

Val ;-)

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Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting

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  Replies Author Date
2596 Re: Question About American Sign Language.... Therese Shellabarger Fri  1/21/2000
2743 Re: Question About American Sign Language.... Hope Hurlbut Tue  2/8/2000
2746 Re: Question About American Sign Language.... Wayne in Maine Tue  2/8/2000
2747 Re: Question About American Sign Language.... Karen A. Van Hoek Tue  2/8/2000
2750 Re: Question About American Sign Language.... Valerie Sutton Tue  2/8/2000
2752 Re: Question About American Sign Language.... Karen A. Van Hoek Tue  2/8/2000

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