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From:  Jerry Spillman
Date:  Tue Jan 5, 1999  2:03 am
Subject:  Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting


Valerie Sutton wrote:
>
> Hello Everyone -
>
> As you can see, I receive lots of interesting questions regarding
> SignWriting. Today I received a message asking this question:
>
> "Is SignWriting this Bilingualism thing that we hear so much about...?"


This is only my uneducated opinion, but I think any of us who are
involved in sign language are Bilingual. Bi meaning two and lingual
meaning languages, my mind forces me to think that yes, we are involved
in a form of Bilingualism. We are dealing with two groups of people,
those who are, and have been forever deaf, and those who are hearing.
In order for us to communicate with each other, we must, then, learn
each other's language. It has become my philosophy, then, that since I
use American English and American Sign Language, I should learn to write
the American Sign Language in the format readable by the deaf
(SignWriting), as well as I can write in American English, readable to
those who will communicate in American English. That would mean that I
have learned two language systems, and therefore, qualify as Bilingual.
--
q


  Replies Author Date
794 Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting Lourdes Tollette Tue  1/5/1999
795 Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting Carlos Thompson Tue  1/5/1999
837 Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting Valerie Sutton Fri  1/8/1999
797 Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting Lourdes Tollette Tue  1/5/1999
802 Movement Diagonal Plane Valerie Sutton Tue  1/5/1999
818 Re: Movement Diagonal Plane Valerie Sutton Thu  1/7/1999
821 Re: Movement Diagonal Plane Mark Penner Thu  1/7/1999
798 Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting Lourdes Tollette Tue  1/5/1999
801 Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting Carlos Thompson Tue  1/5/1999

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