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From:  Mark Penner
Date:  Fri Jan 8, 1999  3:09 am
Subject:  Re: actors

At 09:56 01/07/99 -0800, you wrote:
> Our remaining question was, is Signwriting a different "type" of writing
> system? I think so; here's why;
> To a large extent Chinese uses word based writing--every word has a
> unique symbol. At first glance SW looks like that. But the SW symbol for
> any word is a combination of parts; handshapes, movement arrows, maybe
> faces, shoulders...ect. Those same parts combine and recombine in various
> ways the same as the letters of an alphabet or syllabary. they are the
> units to look at, rather than the entire symbol.

Great analysis, Joe. I copied this and saved it in a file for later reference.


Mark and Mary Esther Penner
Tokyo, Japan

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