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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sun Dec 30, 2001  7:47 pm
Subject:  Re: ZURICH: Mouth Gestures

>>Stefan wrote: This makes now the difference between my
>>transcription and Yours Valerie - looking at the video I "see"
>>something different because of my additional
>background about articulation of the German words. While you would pick
>the protruding lips I probably would prefer the "U" mouth if the word that
>is spoken is pronounced with a "U- sound "

Hi Stefan!
Yes, of course! I would not write the same because our cultures and
languages are different. MovementWriting is a series of
visually-designed symbols that are neutral...they are not specific to
any one culture. But SignWriting applies those symbols to the
specific language and culture...So you are creating standardizations,
and that is great...

It is a myth that the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for
writing speech sounds "is standard" around the world. Even though the
symbols generally can write any sound, a person from Thailand would
use the symbols differently than a person from France...

So writers make different choices, based on what is important to them...

And by the way, there must be around 12 ways to do the mouth movement
"pah" ...and it is fine if one country chooses only one way to write
it...that is a good standard to create...but meanwhile individual
signers protrude lips in different ways, so there will always be many
general ways to write it...and several symbols to choose from, in the
large "MovementWriting closet" of symbols...
Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton


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