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From:  James Womack
Date:  Mon Mar 20, 2000  9:13 pm
Subject:  Re: SignWriting as a gateway?

Valerie Sutton wrote:
> On 3/12/00, Charles Butler wrote:
> >Folks, if you write fingerspelling, you are in fact wrting English in Sign
> >Writing. No matter how you slice it, you have taken the English alphabet,
> >an orthographic system for writing sounds and represented it in handshapes.
> >Those handshapes when strung together form English words, ergo, that IS a
> >Sign Written form of English. People, get over it, Sign Writing is a
> >writing form, not English, nor ASL, nor anything else, it writes human
> >motion.
> SignWriting List
> March 20, 2000
> Thanks Charles for this statement. Sometimes people ask me why we
> write the fingerspelling symbols in the middle of a written Sign
> document, when we could just write English letters?....
> So I point out that we are not writing English. We are writing
> movement. To stop the flow of reading the movements, and jerk the
> reader into the Roman Alphabet all of a sudden, and then go back to
> writing movement again would not only be unrealistic, it would miss
> the point....We are writing how someone signs, and when people sign,
> they do not stop their signing in mid-sentence and write the Roman
> Alphabet, and then go back to signing again...they instead keep on
> moving, and that is why in SignWriting we keep on writing SW
> symbols...we are writing the movements.

I wonder how many times you will have to explain this very simple
fact and concept? It seems so obvious.

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3143 Re: SignWriting as a gateway? Valerie Sutton Mon  3/20/2000

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