|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Thu Dec 20, 2001 8:55 pm
Subject: Question: "Constructed Languages?"
December 20, 2001
Steven Anthony wrote:
>>It's seems a lot of folks get into constructed languages
i.e. <http://www.loglan.org>www.loglan.org . Yours seem to be ready
made in that it is visually based,
which is easier to remember since mnemonics teaches
it is always easier to remember visually with representative
images. Have you ever considered setting up a phoenetic system
or one based on bigger chunks of syllables,
that (without knowing any specific language) one could
verbally convey you signwriting script to another
person ? Would you please consider it ? Steven Anthony
Thanks for your question... SignWriting is not a constructed
language. In fact, it is not a language at all!
Here is an article about this.....
IS SIGNWRITING A NEW LANGUAGE?
No. SignWriting is not a language. It can be compared to an
"alphabet". Alphabets are not languages themselves. They are tools
used to record languages that already exist.
Signed and spoken languages were not written languages from the
beginning. They were "spoken" or "signed" for centuries without a
A, B and C have no meaning by themselves. It took time to develop a
good way to read and write the sounds of spoken languages using A, B
and C. It took centuries before reading and writing spoken languages
was taught in schools.
In the same way, the SignWriting symbols have no meaning by
themselves. SignWriting is a set of visually-designed symbols used to
record the movements of any signed language. SignWriting records
exactly how people sign, without changing the signed language being
Who knows? Maybe it won't take centuries before reading and writing
signs is taught in schools for the Deaf! That may be true partly
because of the advent of computers. Computers seem to be "speeding
up" the process.
Read & Write Sign Languages
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