|SignWriting List Forum|
Cecelia Smith |
Date: Thu Aug 20, 1998 9:17 pm
Subject: Re: hello world
In a message dated 98-08-20 14:11:34 EDT Angus wrote:
Just out of curiosity, Cecelia, what is the "university accepted
system" for Gallaudet?
In the linguistics department at Gallaudet (head of department is Scott
Liddell, and head of the Graduate Studies Program over all is Bob Johnson-
formerly head of the linguistics department) you may guess that the "accepted"
transcription system is the Liddell/Johnson system. (Movement Hold Movement)
However, they also accept glossing in some cases, in place of the full
transcription, and also shorthand versions of the full MHM system.
I will grant that for very precise linguistic transcription, the
Liddell/Johnson method is the best thing I have come across.... until you get
to certain things, like specific verbs. They admit they haven't yet found a
way to transcribe things like she-GIVE-him since the object position
changes every time.
Suttons SW is considered totally ineffective and inappropriate, and completely
unnecessary. After all, the Deaf already have a perfectly good orthography.
It is called English. (That is an almost direct quote by the way) .
Ummm.. needless to say, I like waving red flags at bulls. I am going for my
degree because I love linguistics and want to learn more about signed
languages. I am not doing it to get a job as a linguist. So... I'm not
afraid of rocking the boat. (to a degree at any rate...LOL)
Life is fun. I wonder if I will be able to get a degree, and if anyone will
take me seriously when I try for a PhD?
2nd Year Grad Student at Gallaudet
in case you get the wrong idea... Scott Liddell is my advisor and my project
co-ordinator. I have a lot of respect for the man. And, he thinks my
attitude is great. He doesn't think SW is worth it, but figures that if I am
passionate about it and want to spend the time, go for it. He is open-minded
(to a degree).