|SignWriting List Forum|
Cheryl Zapien |
Date: Mon Nov 2, 1998 1:51 pm
Subject: Re: A few questons/comments
Hi All! Well, I've been eagerly working with my textbook and I'd like to share
a few things which I've noticed. First of all, signwriting improves the
signing of a beginner. Many signers, in the beginning, make orientation
mistakes or handshape mistakes. I can attest that the SW is improving those
kind of errors for me anyway. I think it is because I'm looking at what
amounts to a standardized "spelling" of a sign. Due to the fact that my SW and
SW reading relies on good spelling and decoding, my actual signing is becoming
clearer and more accurate. Does this make sense to you?? Also, I'm grasping
pieces of ASL grammar better, because I have the time to analyze it. Take
Valerie Sutton wrote:
> On Sunday, November 1st, Michele Lewis wrote:
> >Yes Valerie, I am alive out here! I just finished
> >completing Web Report #2 and I thought I would post a couple
> >of questions/comments to the list.
> Good Morning Michele and everyone on the SignWriting List -
> I am so pleased to receive your second report Michele, thank you! I will be
> posting your report to the List and on our web site in the next day or so.
> For the benefit of the new list members, there are five groups
> participating in our Fall 98 SignWriting Literacy Project, and Michele's
> homeschool is one of them. We donated SW books and videos to the groups, in
> return for their documented feedback, so Michele sent me the second report
> today. The feedback is terrific and really needed.
> You see, I have been writing reports all week too...Our educational
> nonprofit has to write the grants to receive the funding to sponsor the
> Literacy Project. The Fall 98 semester was funded by a small private
> foundation here in San Diego, the Legler Benbough Foundation. They required
> a report from me and I just sent it to them yesterday - I requested a
> renewal of funding too - let us cross our fingers :-)
> Michele -I am real excited about your children learning signs in "units"
> rather than in pieces. That backs up exactly what Karen van Hoek and others
> were saying about iconicity - that "units" are an important element when
> reading signs - that is the very reason why we started stacking signs - we
> see signs as a whole rather than breaking them down.
> I am preparing our new Grammar lesson for the web right now. Web
> preparation is very mesmerizing for me - Grammar Lesson 2 is a little
> complicated and I am trying to find ways to explain it without overwhelming
> newcomers. But the whole issue of "units" and "stacking" are the focus of
> the lesson - so all this ties together!
> I hope to post the new lesson in the next 12 hours - and when I do, I will
> announce it -
> Then I will get back to answering your specific questions and comments -
> Thanks once again for the report -
> Have a great Sunday!
> Valerie :-)
> Valerie Sutton at the DAC
> Deaf Action Committee for SW
> Center For Sutton Movement Writing
> an educational nonprofit organization
> Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA