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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Jan 14, 1999  7:16 am
Subject:  Re: Notation Systems

>> Actually, no. This list was set up for discussion of SignWriting
>>specifically. It would be up to the list owner, Valerie Sutton, whether
>>or not to extend the list to comparative discussion of writing systems for
>Right, I did not know this... I thought it was open to any sort of
>discussion concerning the writing of signs. But never mind :-)

>Universitšt Hamburg

January 13, 1999
La Jolla, California
23 o'clock (grin)

Hi Susanne!
Sorry I did not get to answering your messages sooner. I was in a meeting
tonight with our computer programmer until 10:00 pm (22 o'clock). It is now
11:00 at night here in San Diego...It must be seven or eight in the morning
in Germany, the next day!!

So good morning - ha!

Yes, Angus is correct that the SignWriting List is focused on the use of
SignWriting, which is a trademarked name for "Sutton SignWriting", a part
of Sutton Movement Writing. But that does not mean that we cannot discuss
other writing systems occasionally, just as long as we don't stray toooooo
far off the SignWriting focus. This is a list for Sutton SignWriting

And of course, other systems are of interest to many people, and I have
always had admiration for the HamNoSys system, so please feel welcome on
the SignWriting List!

The SignWriting List is a donation to our group from Humber College in
Ontario, Canada. The first owner of the SignWriting List is Paul Cowley,
who donates his time to running the LISTSERVE software. Paul is the
technician behind the scenes, and I, as the "second owner" run the
discussions. It is a wonderful gift we have been handed. The other day I
was thinking that...while I was working with my guests ...the SignWriting
List members were discussing linguistics and Chinese and SignWriting and
bilingualism..and so many fascinating subjects - and none of you had to
wait for me to post it! So we are all very lucky indeed.

But back to the subject of other systems. The other day I was talking with
a linguist, and the linguist used this term....SignWriting is a "practical
orthography", and HamNoSys and other systems are "linguistic
orthographies". So we discussed this together, and I think that is an
interesting way to describe the differences. Would you say that is a good
way to describe it?

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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