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From:  Lourdes Tollette
Date:  Tue Jan 5, 1999  10:29 am
Subject:  Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting



Jerry sends me this. And here he says, I was mistake to send to his own
e-mail address first before he sends me. So , I thought all of you might
not want to miss it what we talk about this.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Spillman [SMTP:]
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 1999 1:38 AM
To: Lourdes Tollette
Subject: Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting

Lourdes Tollette wrote:
> Jerry,
> Yes, I understand what you mean. But if the deaf person or deaf family
> use ASL when they been grew up that way. So There is only one language.
> course, they have to learn America English because it is for hearing
> That what I think.
> Lourdes

Lourdes, I agree that we must try our best at the English, but I also
agree that SignWriting is essential to teaching young children to
communicate earlier. My own hearing (I am hearing) grandchildren have
been able to do simple sign much earlier then speech! The words,
"please", "thank you", "love", "want", "welcome" are all known to my
gchild of 1 year old. He only speaks words such as "g'paw", "g'maw" for
now, but does well with signs. I hope that as they grow up in UKRAINE
they will have opportunity to learn SignWriting and the native sign
language there!

Thank you for your reply. I have watched your messages on the listserve
and enjoyed your communications.



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