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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Nov 24, 2001  5:31 pm
Subject:  Re: research paper on sign writing


SignWriting List
November 24, 2001

Leigh wrote:
>How does, or can , sign writing be applied to all signed languages?
>.....linguistically
>speaking , how did you make the leap?

I didn't make that leap, Leigh. I invented a way to write all body
movement, and then I worked with people who knew signed languages,
and as they wrote their signs, I documented what was chosen and what
was not chosen, and slowly we are where we are today...but it is
evolving, just as writing systems for all languages evolve over time.

And I am open to people's suggestions...and I am no dictator! I hate
that idea...I do not want veto power...I hope that if I pass away
tomorrow, that people will still use SignWriting, with their own
choices of symbols, after I am gone ;-)

Here is one article on the web about the evolution:

1974-1998
How SignWriting Has Changed
The Evolution of Writing Styles
http://www.SignWriting.org/library/history/hist008.html
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Val ;-)




Valerie Sutton


....visit the...

SignWritingSite
http://www.SignWriting.org
Read & Write Sign Languages

SignBankSite
http://www.SignBank.org
Sign Language Dictionaries

DanceWritingSite
http://www.DanceWriting.org
Read & Write Dance

MovementWritingSite
http://www.MovementWriting.org
Read & Write Movement & Gesture


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