Date: Sun Feb 6, 2000 4:57
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Gallaudet University & SignWriting
Cecelia Smith wrote:
>The document in question is part of a packet for a course at Gallaudet. It
>is not that they do not have up to date material. I personally made sure that
>the instructor in question, and everyone in the Linguistics department all
>had very current material. It is his choice and preference to not use it.
>They do not present SignWriting as a currently viable system, but as one of
>many failed systems.
February 6, 2000
Cecelia - you did your best under the circumstances...thank you for that!
Some of the instructors in the Linguistic Department at Gallaudet
work with another transcription system, called the Liddell
So they have another system they invented for linguistic research,
and perhaps they don't want competition from SignWriting....
By the way, SignWriting is NOT competition for them, since the two
systems have different goals, but perhaps they do not know that....
SignWriting is for signers, and other systems are for linguistic
research - there is a major difference...
Joe Martin is sending me a re-write of his article comparing the
Stokoe system and SignWriting. When I receive it, I will post it.
When I read the first draft of Joe's article, I was stunned at how
different the two systems are...it is like comparing an airplane to a
train...they are both transportation, but the comparison stops