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From:  Lourdes Tollette
Date:  Tue Jan 5, 1999  4:20 pm
Subject:  Re: Bilingualism & SignWriting


Yes, You right.. That what I am trying to think how to say to people. I
knew Bilingualism is not the same Signwriting. It same way like speaking
spanish and writing spanish. It is same way sign languege and sign languege
writing (signwriting).

For example: Deaf people know sign languege and signwriting in english and
also know sign languegeand signwriting in spanish then they are called
Bilingualism. Because both are different languege.


-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos Thompson [SMTP:]
Sent: Tuesday, January 05, 1999 10:48 AM
To: SignWriting List
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

  Replies Author Date
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

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