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From:  Ingvild Roald
Date:  Mon Aug 21, 2000  4:56 pm
Subject:  Re: Possible Signwriting Workshop


1. Stress that this is a writing system, it is not drawing.
2. Written languages have more impact and more status than non-written
languages, even among their own users.

3. The concept of "expressive viewpoint" can be difficult - it is like
"looking through the back of the writer, following the hands and the face

4. Up - down versus forward - back: I find it helpful to think of the paper
as slanted in front of me (or actually holding it slanted). I once taught
with a hard piece of transparent palstic, and a water-solubel ink pen, and
could hold the paper under tha slanted plastic slate, showing the
projection; or holding the paper just in front of my body, up/down, with the
slanting plastic slate in front, and again show the projections.

5. The fact that left - rigt movem4nt can be viewed as taking place in
either the wall plane or the floor plane, can prove difficult. Try holding a
spilar-backed book or something open, so that you have both the wall plane
and the florr plane present, and the spiral (or whatever) is in both.

Good luck!


>From: Stuart Thiessen
>Reply-To: SignWriting List
>To: SignWriting List
>Subject: Possible Signwriting Workshop
>Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 18:33:39 -0500
>Just wanted to let you all know that I have been asked to share a bit about
>SignWriting at the Iowa Deafestival this September 22-23. Even though I am
>still a novice at SW, I figure I can at least introduce participants to the
>concepts and intentions of SW and hopefully between now and then continue
>to learn more.
>If any of you have any suggestions on what you have found helpful ...
>instrumental ... eye-opening ... for an introduction to SW, please send
>those ideas my way. I will end up having two workshops this fall one in
>September and one in October. Probably do the same basic workshop only
>keep on refining it. I will appreciate anything you guys may have to
>Also, I made a contact with an individual who is involved with the Des
>Moines Public School Deaf Program and she seemed very interested in the
>literacy project. So ... who knows?
>Just thought that might be encouraging.
>Stuart Thiessen
>4616 Hickman
>Des Moines, IA 50310

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