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From:  Stefan Woehrmann2
Date:  Tue Jan 1, 2002  2:42 pm
Subject:  Re: ARABIA: New Web Posting!

Hi James and Listmembers,

thank you very much for this message. I agree. It is the same situation with
me. I am in need constantly to look and ask for signs during teaching and
"talking " about special events -

As soon as the Sign Bank will be established a dream will come true that we
can easyly look at the different signs that are used by the DEAF themselves
in their countries.

A first step can be the list on the SW - List - Valerie collected the signs
from the countries where SW is being studied, learned, practiced ...

So I guess that these country symbols reflect the signs that are used by
the national DEAF signers for their country. Is that correct ? (At least
the German sign is the way we in Germany sign it ;-)) )
Besides that I guess many SL in the world show up with other signs for the
countries - this would be another list - ha ! How do you spell Germany in
your countries ?

Happy New Year
Stefan ;-)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy A. Kegl"
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2001 4:14 AM
Subject: Re: ARABIA: New Web Posting!

> I would be interested in the signs for the various Middle Eastern
> In Bluefields, Nicaragua, we have signs for some, but not all of them.
> sign for Saudi Arabia, for example, relates to the Black Stone of the
> The sign for Lebanon refers to the green tree on that country's flag
> (cedars of Lebanon). Afghanistan and Pakistan mix initializations with a
> crescent moon hand sweep. Syria is a lion. Iraq, Kuwait and Iran all
> signs that are variations upon the sign for "oil". The ASL sign for
> has been borrowed.
> We discuss Palestine a great deal in current events classes, but I have
> to see a generally accepted sign for Palestine.
> In any case, we are always interested in knowing what the Deaf people in
> their own countries are using.
> -- James

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