Date: Tue Feb 1, 2000 11:53
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Shorthand
At 15:10 02/01/2000 -0500, you wrote:
> Does anyone else on the list ever use SignWriting Shorthand? For those
> who don't know, it's a very fast way of writing signs, with extremely
.. . . .
> Valerie and I are talking about revising and updating the Shorthand manual
> -- the old manual is written from the receptive viewpoint, and doesn't
> incorporate the changes that have been made in SignWriting in the last
> several years. It'd be great to get input from other people who use it,
> or who are interested in trying it out.
I would love to be able to take notes at speed. That might be the ticket
for "selling" the idea of SignWriting here in Japan. Unfortunately, the
intensity of my interest does not nearly match the availability of my time.
How long would it take to learn this? If it takes anything as long as
shorthand English (which I imagine it would), I am not a good candidate for
trying it out. Plus the fact that I don't know ASL (although this GIF thing
is gaining me vocabulary, and it seems to "stick" better somehow in writing).
Be that as it may, I still cast a vote for revising the manual and taking a
stab at using it as a writing system. From your description, I would say it
has great promise.
> Karen van Hoek