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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Fri Nov 6, 1998  3:06 am
Subject:  Is SignWriting An Alphabet?

Hi Everyone -
I am getting a series of general questions through private email...Here is
one of them:

>Also, it might be
>helpful to folks if they view SignWriting as the "sign Alphabet" for
>signed languages?

Back in early July, around July 6th or 7th, there were a series of postings
on this very subject, written by Joe Martin, Al Bickford, Charles Butler
and others. The title of the thread was: "Is SignWriting an Alphabet?".
Some messages were also called "Nixograms" I believe. You can access and
read these postings on the SignWriting List's Archives, which is on the web
at this address:

SW List Archives

I remember I was rather amazed at some of the new terms that were used to
describe SignWriting...I believe it was decided that SW is a "featural
alphabet"? No matter what, it was fun to see the descriptions of the
different kinds of writing systems in the world.

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

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