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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Oct 14, 1998  11:09 am
Subject:  Phonetic & Phonemic


On October 14, 1998, Ben Karlin wrote:
>This was one of the problems that I hit when I was trying to learn Laban
>notation (I think that's spelled wrong -- aren't there two Bs?). As it
>was being used to record movement it required recording from a macro
>down to a micro level so that too much information needed to be written
>for each sign, since signs occur on a small motor level. Lots of the
>information turned out to be irrelevant but the way the notation system
>was structured it was necessary to note it in order to write correctly.
>My understanding of Laban is quite imperfect and incomplete but what I
>saw seemed to record positions and imply the movements between.
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In regards to Labanotation - it is a general movement notation system
invented by Rudolf Laban in Vienna in the beginning of the 20th century.
Labanotation is not a visual writing system. It uses squares and triangles
to record movement and is very abstract. It is used in the dance world to
record dances. It has never been specified to record signed languages, as
Sutton Movement Writing has.

SignWriting is different, because it has been specified over 25 years of
use. Taking a general writing system and working with a certain population
until it becomes "specified" is new in the history of writing movement.
SignWriting therefore can be both "phonetic" or "phonemic", depending on
how it is applied.

Valerie :-)
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