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From:  DEAF USA
Date:  Thu May 14, 1998  6:38 pm
Subject:  Re: Language History or Standardization of ASL


In a message dated 98-05-14 11:21:35 EDT, you write:
> and in another message - in a day or so - I will discuss what is happening
> with the standardization of "sign spellings".

I'm not sure you can apply the same idea to signwriting because you are
describing motion and there are different signs for similar concepts in ASL.
So you may standardize an individual sign, but I don't think you can
standardize what people sign for a given concept.

And as for regional differences, there is also a matter of what vocabulary is
needed in a region. There is a big difference, for example, between the things
a city person will want to talk about vs. someone who lives on a farm, and
there needs to be signs for those things. There are also special interests,
hobbies, and professions within which particular vocabulary will develop.
Sometimes the same sign may mean something a bit different depending on the
context. This happens in many (and probably all) languages.

Deaf USA

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  Replies Author Date
73 Re: Language History or Standardization of ASL Sign4baby Thu  5/14/1998
80 Re: Language History or Standardization of ASL KKTurley Fri  5/15/1998
118 What A Day In CyberSpace! Valerie Sutton Wed  5/20/1998
205 Fingerspelling Keyboards Part 1 Valerie Sutton Sat  6/13/1998
216 Fingerspelling Keyboards Part 2 Valerie Sutton Fri  6/19/1998
217 Re: Dvorak Keyboard Layout Neil Bauman Sat  6/20/1998
84 Re: Language History or Standardization of ASL James Womack Fri  5/15/1998
108 SignWriting Literacy Project Web Pages Valerie Sutton Mon  5/18/1998
87 Re: Language History or Standardization of ASL James Womack Fri  5/15/1998

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