|SignWriting List Forum|
"Angus B. Grieve-Smith" |
Date: Wed Jul 5, 2000 5:55 pm
Subject: Re: Lucky
On Wed, 5 Jul 2000, Bill Reese wrote:
> Less "difficulty" learning a language?!?
Whoa, Bill. I was talking about the difficulty of learning
SignWriting, the writing system, not ASL the language. I believe that the
children who are now learning SignWriting intuitively in fifth grade will
soon have a much better grasp of it than we do, who are learning it
analytically as adults.
But in response to your message...
I don't have a problem with anyone trying to write down what
people actually do, and for learners to use those descriptions. But I do
have a problem with people criticizing native speakers for not following
> What I would like to see would be an all-inclusive sign dictionary in
> signwriting that would allow me not only to obtain a command of that
> language but also the understanding and study of it, the same way
> spoken language dictionaries do it now.
I think that would be great. Up to now there has never been a
monolingual (Webster's-type) dictionary of any signed language. Creating
one would be a monumental undertaking, but it would be nearly impossible
without using some sort of writing system.
-Angus B. Grieve-Smith
University of New Mexico