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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Tue Jun 13, 2000  2:11 pm
Subject:  Re: face orientation lessons over a 'free' weekend

At 2:02 AM -0700 6/13/00, Ingvild Roald wrote:

>I agree with Wayne that the figures and the faceing seems too be in the
>receptive mode. Maybe we should add a rectangular 'mirror' arround the
>figure of the person, to get the expresssive mode?
>But the fact that Valerie has done this while having a weekend off and
>'baby'sitting her nephew - she never stops amazing me!

SignWriting List
June 13, 2000

Hi Ingvild!

Smile....thanks for that. I have my nephew helping me put textbooks
together at the moment. It seems to be working because he wants to
earn money, but then my sister (his Mom) told him on the phone that
he has to start a savings account at a local bank. He was
disappointed because he wanted to buy toys with the money - but this
is a good lesson for him to learn. So actually, I am amazed at people
who have do they do everything plus raise the
children? I am not a parent, so I have respect for those who are!

The mirror idea is true...Receptive Mode and Expressive Modes are to
some extent mirror images of each other. In the lesson on Viewpoints
that I plan to teach soon, I will explain that we can write the
person facing us (Receptive), or we can write the person facing the
side wall, or we can write the person facing the back wall (NOT
Expressive). Or we can write the person from the overhead view. But
none of those are the Expressive View. The Expressive View
incorporates several of those viewpoints blended together. Plus it
incorporates a totally new viewpoint because you BECOME the signer,
rather than the observer.

So there are many choices when using SignWriting, and those choices
make it a viable system. People write signs for different reasons,
and each viewpoint has its value.

Thanks for your comments!

Val ;-)


Valerie Sutton


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