|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Thu Jan 14, 1999 8:09 am
Subject: Re: Notation Systems
>Has anyone compared different notation systems for signed languages as to
>different purposes for different systems? I mean, for example, SignWriting
>is obviously used to actually write things down for people to read.
>HamNoSys on the other hand, and other systems too, are aimed more at the
>linguistic side of the language. Its main purpose is to transcribe signs in
>order to analyse them.
Hi Susanne -
In regards to notation comparisons, strangely enough I have written several
articles on "dance notation systems comparisons". There are hundreds of
dance notation systems in the world, and I was able to categorize these
different systems into different types, including our DanceWriting system.
But when it comes to comparing SignWriting with other linguistically based
systems, there has been little done, mainly because SignWriting is so
different. I have always felt it was like comparing apples with oranges. I
do have a few student papers that made comparisons with other
linguistically based systems. I cannot say that the authors were experts,
but I will be happy to look for those papers and send them to you if you
wish. One was written at Brown University, by a student in the linguistics
department there. If you are interested, I will write to her to ask her
permission, and then send it on to you.
In your message above, you mention that SignWriting is "used to actually
write things down for people to read". That is true and an excellent way to
describe it. Our goal is to make Sign Language Literacy a reality for large
groups of people.
So your comparison above is as good as anyone's!
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