|SignWriting List Forum|
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
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:
"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
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 -
Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA