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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Mar 28, 2002  6:03 pm
Subject:  Re: Arab, Arabic, Arabian


SignWriting List
March 28, 2002

>> Wayne wrote: Another issue is that "Arabic" is the name of a
>>language, not a culture ......."Arabian" could only be used to
>>refer to the people of one country: Saudi Arabia.....Also, to get
>>technical, Maltese is a dialect of Arabic, albeit written in the
>>Roman alphabet. Salaam Aleykum!

How fascinating, Wayne! You know so much about that region...I
suspect that I became influenced by a Deaf friend who uses
SignWriting, named Abdul Aziz Al-Obaid. He brought all kinds of
literature about Saudi Arabia, his homeland, when he visited me, and
I read so many phrases in their literature saying "the Arabic
Nations", that I got used to that phrase. I read all about their
princes, their religion, their food dishes, their different tribes,
and there was great pride mentioned with the term "Arabic Nations". I
also visited "www.arabia.com" and they used that phrase
too...although I just visited their site and now I can't find it! ha
;-)

Regarding Maltese spoken language, I didn't know that! How
fascinating....Meanwhile, the Maltese Sign Language Dictionary
project is really of interest to me and others...they have used
SignWriting and I look forward to seeing more Maltese signs...

Wayne - can you tell us a little bit about your new language school?
Are you including Taiwan Sign Language written in SignWriting ?
.......(just kidding)....I am assuming you are not, but I am
interested in learning more about your school...Val ;-)

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>Dr. Wayne H. Smith, Director
>Learning Unlimited Language School
>5 Jellison Ridge Rd.
>Surry, ME 04684-3340
>Tel.: 207-667-9482
>E-Mail:
>Webpage: http://www.mrlanguage.com
>================================
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Valerie Sutton"
>To:
>Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 11:28 AM
>Subject: Re: New York Times Newspaper Article on SignWriting...
>
>
>> SignWriting List
>> March 28, 2002
>>
>> The New York Times reporter had two questions for me...The first was:
>> 1. Which countries use SignWriting?
>>
>> My answer: See the map attached. The 27 countries, or geographical
>> areas, that use SignWriting are:
>>
>> 1. Arabic Nations (teachers from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria)
>> 2. Belgium
>> 3. Bolivia
>> 4. Brazil
>> 5. Canada (2 areas: 1... English-Canada and 2...French-Canada)
>> 6. Colombia
>> 7. Denmark
>> 8. El Salvador
>> 9. England
>> 10. Finland
>> 11. France
>> 12. Germany
>> 13. Greece
>> 14. Ireland
>> 15. Italy
>> 16. Japan
>> 17. Malaysia
>> 18. Malta
>> 19. Mexico
>> 20. Netherlands
>> 21. Nicaragua
>> 22. Norway
>> 23. Peru
>> 24. South Africa
>> 25. Spain
>> 26. Switzerland (2 areas: 1....German-Swiss and 2...French-Swiss)
>> 27. USA (several areas, including: New Mexico, Michigan, Maine, North
>> Carolina, Washington DC etc...)
>>
>> Now my question to the SignWriting List....Do you know of other
>> countries using SignWriting? I would love your input! Val ;-)

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