|SignWriting List Forum|
"Angus B. Grieve-Smith" |
Date: Wed Jun 28, 2000 2:34 pm
Subject: Re: standardized spellings
On Wed, 28 Jun 2000, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> The French are fortunate to have standardized spellings...I hope
> someday that will happen in some countries with signed languages too.
I'm interested to see you write that, and wondering what you think
the advantages of standardized spellings are. I can't really think of an
advantage, except perhaps for computer parsing, and the disadvantages are
- encouraging discrimination against people who haven't memorized all the
- favoring a particular variety of the langauge (usually the variety of
whoever is doing the standardizing) and encouraging discrimination against
people who use different varieties.
-Angus B. Grieve-Smith
The University of New Mexico