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From:  Bonnie Collins
Date:  Wed Apr 26, 2000  8:22 pm
Subject:  Re: Reading Manuals


The only manual I have right now is the one I printed out from the shareware
download. From what I have read of the manual I think you are right though you
can go through the manual no matter what skill level you have with Sign Writing.

I cannot transcribe signed discourse from video. I have tried many times but
it is really becomes a study in how well I can use the VCR's 'rewind' and
'pause' buttons. I have had success transcribing from CD though. I just blow
up the movie clip (Quicktime) to the size of the monitor (it is a big monitor)
and then advance manually.

Then I transcribe using Sign Writing or another system depending on the
parameter that I want to examine. Of course again I am using paper and pencil
to do this. For Sign Writing I usually print out a bunch of circles that I use
for the 'head' symbol and then build on them unless I want to capture body
shift then it doesn't help to have the circles lined up.

CD movie clip is really a great tool for transcribing the detail and the only
limitation is the camera angle. One difficulty I have is figuring out where
one sign starts and finishes. A lot of signs flow into one another and as I am
still learning I find it difficult in some cases to know where to end one frame
and begin the next.

With the Jack in the Beanstalk story that I am now working on I find it a
challenge because children tend to have a number of false starts and pauses in
their communication, especially when they are telling a story from memory. I
find the dynamic symbols are helping a lot with this. Also as you said in your
post, they may not follow the grammar as closely as an adult would and
sometimes I am not sure if it is still ASL being signed or mime.

As for providing copies of the story, I would love to do this but the CD is
part of the course materials and it specifically states that it cannot be
distributed. I will ask the two people who own the copyright to see if they
would mind if I copied the one story to be used for educational purposes on
this list.

Thanks for your words of advice, much appreciated.
Bonnie Collins

  Replies Author Date
3318 DanceWriting Web Site expands.... Valerie Sutton Mon  5/1/2000
3320 Re: DanceWriting Web Site expands.... Silas Lima Mon  5/1/2000

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