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From:  Carlos Thompson
Date:  Tue Jan 5, 1999  3:47 pm
Subject:  Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting

Valerie Sutton wrote:

> "Is SignWriting this Bilingualism thing that we hear so much about...?"
> I have not answered the person yet.
> How would some of you suggest I answer that question? :-)

I think the answer is NO. SignWirting is not the same thing than
Bilingualism, even if most of us are hearings who have learn or are
learning a Sign Language or Deaf who can write in English, SignWriting
isn't itself Bilingual.

SignWriting is a mean to write sign languages, as Roman Alphabet is a way
of writing many spoken languages. If you have born in an English speaking
contry and you talk and listen in Spoken English and write and read in
Written English you are not bilingual, if you learn another language...
even if Spoken and Written English are different languages as they are.

So SignWriting is not the same than Bilingualism. SW is just a medium for
writing signs, than can be used as primary written system for Deaf (either
Bilingual or not) or as tool for research (even if the research knows
nothing about the Sign Language s/he is documenting).

Carlos Eugenio Thompson Pinzon
ITEC-Telecom, Colombia

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837 Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting Valerie Sutton Fri  1/8/1999

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