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From:  Susanne Bentele
Date:  Thu Jan 14, 1999  10:23 am
Subject:  Re: Notation Systems

HI Valerie!
>So good morning - ha!

>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!
oh, no problem... I do feel welcome!

>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?
Yes, I think that's not a bad way of describing it. But still - the term of
'orthography' implies that there are rules you have to stick to. Of course,
there are many rules of 'syntactical' nature as to what is allowed and what
isn't. However, at least for HamNoSys, there is no correct 'spelling' for a
specific sign. As you said: you write down what you see. But it is
certainly right insofar as SignWriting is more 'practical' and HamNoSys is
more linguistic....

(But we are indeed working on a more phonological version of HamNoSys and
this is certainly a step towards orthography)

Have a good day.

Susanne Bentele
Universität Hamburg
Institut für Deutsche Gebärdensprache und Kommunikation Gehörloser
University of Hamburg
Institute of German Sign Language and Communication of the Deaf
Binderstr. 34
20146 Hamburg - Germany
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