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From:  James Womack
Date:  Fri May 15, 1998  3:45 am
Subject:  Re: linguists

On Thu, 14 May 1998 16:24:42 -0700 Peg Lewis writes:
>This is another linguist, not feeling seriously maligned but wanting

You're not a cancer, whew!!!!!

>to second what has been said here! Linguists will point out the great
>wonderful patterns in language, but the only source of data is native
>"speakers", not books or grammars or previously formulated sets of
>rules or language classes!

Sort of said as much, certain;y the native users rule. Note:
The context of the message was a response to someone
who mistakenly assumes that ASL should be standardized thru some
artificial means (SW and/or book that serves a bible). My post was
point out why it's not going to happen to ASL or any language for
that matter. Books are static, language is not. So don't you linguistics
go translating this as a seige against you guys. Was no such thing.

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