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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sun Nov 29, 1998  4:11 pm
Subject:  Writing Fingerspelling in SW

November 29, 1998
Thanks for the question about fingerspelling (see below).

When Deaf children who are born into Deaf families learn a fingerspelled
word at ages one, two, and they know they are fingerspelling
English? I bet they feel those fingerspelled words are "signs" don't they?

I hope some of the linguists and others on the list will give us their
input on this question -


Sat, 28 Nov 1998 Stuart Thiessen wrote:

>I was also wondering ... Is there a particular reason why we write
>out the fingerspelling for spoken language words instead of putting
>those words in standard print? It just seemed to me that if we are
>simply fingerspelling an English word (for example), why don't we
>just type the word in English letters? Just wondering ...
>I can understand for some ASL signs like #JOB or #EARLY. It's
>others I'm wondering about.

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
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Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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615 Re: Writing Fingerspelling in SW Karen A. Van Hoek Sun  11/29/1998

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