Date: Sun Sep 20, 1998 9:43
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: SignWriting Flashcards
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 10:19:38 -0400
Reply-To: SignWriting List
From: Ronald Zapien
Valerie, the only part I could not for the life of me figure out using the
knowledge I already have is the last big card. Everything else is clear and to
boot, I was able to explain what the symbols meant to my husband who does not
know any ASL to speak of--only simple exposure. I've never studied sign
writing--this is on my Fall agenda--however it's clear to me that if you
understand the signs prior to coming in contact with SignWriting, you can
easily pick up SignWriting. Cheryl
Hi Cheryl -
Thanks for your feedback! There are two groups of people who can pick up
SignWriting and read it fairly quickly, with little training.
The first group consists of people who already know ASL or another signed
language well. They can guess at first, until (despite themselves) they
learn the symbols in the process.
The second group consists of people who know no signed language, but they
are skilled in SignWriting. They can read and write any foreign signed
language, because they know the symbols that record body movement. They can
produce the signs written on a page, but they do not know what those signs
mean unless someone who knows the language tells them what they mean.
Now...in regards to the last sign on the last flashcard...I believe you are
referring to the card that has a picture on one side showing Goldilocks
running into the sunset..she is running home. The sign on the other side of
the card is the sign for "run". The symbols are more abstract in that sign,
so I am not surprised that was hard for you. The teachers participating in
our SignWriting Literacy Project have already received other books, and
that sign is explained in the Reading Level One book, so they probably will
The two dots over the finger shows that the finger is bending or closing
twice. The "plus sign" means "grasp" or "hold" so two of the fingers are
"grasping each other". Then the two hands move forward together.
I am aware I need to update our web site - I would like to do a lot of
things - including placing some of these materials on the web.
Thanks once again for your feedback!
Visit the SignWritingSite:
Valerie Sutton at The DAC
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA