|SignWriting List Forum|
Bill Reese |
Date: Thu Jan 7, 1999 6:45 pm
Subject: Re: actors
Joe - I was wondering when you would get around to the different parts
in a signwriting symbol.
I don't see how this is any different than how Chinese characters (or
Japanese Kanji) evolved. They first started with discrete components
that represented an item or idea and, when used in conjunction with each
other, represented more complex or abstract concepts. Even today, if you
look at the symbols for "Japan", there are two characters representing
sun and east for Japan is the "land of the rising sun".
When you look at more complex characters there are different component
parts that have their own meaning. That is *exactly* why I consider
signwriting to be similar to these languages. Disregarding variations,
a given sign will have a set number and type of components. The very
fact that signwriting has a dictionary of symbols attests to this.
"grapheme", huh? Interesting visual equivalent of a phoneme. Could we
say that sign writing has signemes? :-)