Date: Mon Mar 13, 2000 5:03
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Transcribing Japanese Sign Language
> On 3/6/00, Mark Penner wrote:
> >Yes. And if someone knew how to do this, wouldn't it be great to have a
> >video with "closed captioning" in SignWriting. That seems like a
> >tremendously effective teaching tool--instant feedback in a natural signing
> >context. But already I have more ideas than we have time . . . alas.
At 07:16 03/09/2000 -0800, Valerie wrote:
> Actually, Mark, placing captions on the video would be a bad idea,
> when it comes to transcribing video in SignWriting.
.. . . Snip . . .
> And the purpose of this transcription excercise is to write a signed
> language no one knows, to learn the SignWriting symbols in a generic
Yes! Absolutely. What I meant to say was NOT to caption them in English or
Japanese or any other language, but in SignWriting itself. This would be
done after the transcribing, and would not help anyone know the meaning. It
would help people relate the SignWriting symbols to the visual reality they
were conveying. So, as you said, knowing the meaning would only get in the
way. The purpose would only be to learn SignWriting.
Of course, since this is a Bible translation, the very curious would always
have the recourse of looking it up themselves in a language they can read,
but that would be beside the point.