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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Jun 30, 2000  4:35 am
Subject:  Re: standardized spellings

At 7:51 PM +0200 6/29/00, Stefan Woehrmann wrote:
>So to offer special standards for writing well defined movements is a
>tremendous help for everybody who is interested in this wonderfull tool for
>writing movements that can express meaning within the background of a
>special SL.

SignWriting List
June 29, 2000

Dear SW List and Stefan....

This is what I suggest, Stefan...

Please take out the "Learn To Read ASL in SignWriting" video case. I
know you have owned that for a long time. Place the video in the
machine and watch the beginning portion of the Goldilocks story. It
is signed in good American Sign Language by a native- signing,
born-deaf teacher of Deaf children, Darline Clark-Gunsauls. You could
not get any better source because the story is told beautifully, as
if Darline were telling it directly to Deaf children.

Then look at the three books that came with the video. Notice that I
taught how to read each sign on the video for 64 pages!!! Look at the
video - then look at the sign written in SignWriting - then look at
the English word - there! You now have learned some ASL!

That 64 page book that I wrote was my video transcription of what
Darline signed. So you couldn't have anything better - good signing
and good SignWriting.

Then, after you have studied all 64 pages of ASL signs written in
SignWriting, open the other two books and just "READ" the ASL without
thinking much - just reading like we would read a newspaper in our
spoken languages. You will be able to do that, after you study the
first 64-page-book.

So you already have excellent materials right now to teach you some
ASL. That is better than learning ASL from the lessons on the SW
List, since all of us are talking about different issues and we are
not trying to teach each other a language on this List. But the
"Learn to Read ASL" series should help you enormously.

So there are many many ASL signs there - and most of those signs are
NOT in the dictionary in SignWriter there are a great deal
of facial expressions.

Remember when you were surprised to notice that I had taught the
SignWriter computer program step by step in the manuals? You had
those manuals for many months, and the reason you didn't look at
them, is that you were asking me personally what to do. But I wrote
those manuals, and they are a better source than talking to me
personlly. Talking to me on a personal basis cannot replace the
publications I have already produced.

So please truly study the LEARN TO READ ASL IN SIGNWRITING now.
Portions of it are online, as you know, but you have the real thing
at home!


Learn To Read ASL

Learn To Read ASL
Frame by Frame Instruction

Alphabets do not teach languages. They simply write them. But courses
do teach language - and the LEARN TO READ ASL IN SIGNWRITING is a
true course designed to teach reading ASL.

Val ;-)


Valerie Sutton


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