Date: Fri Jan 29, 1999 8:37
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Notation Systems
>On Thu, 14 Jan 1999, Susanne wrote:
>>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.
>Then I responded....
>>>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.
>January 28, 1999
>So I am sorry to say I do not have any true comparisons to give you :-(
What a pity - I was really looking forward to that... But never mind -
we'll make our own.... :-)
>My question is this...perhaps we could do something similar comparing
>HamNoSys, Stokoe and SignWriting? I would be happy to post the comparison
>on our SignWriting Web Site. Is there anyone who is skilled in Stokoe or
>HamNoSys, who would be willing to work with me on this? Perhaps one of the
>linguists on the SignWriting List? I think we should try one short sentence
>in ASL. Once we have a Stokoe and HamNoSys volunteer, we can decide which
>sentence to write, as a team, and then send each other examples as attached
>files through email.
Yes, I'd volunteer on the HamNoSys part. I do not know enough of Stokoe (or
adaptions of Stokoe) so I cannot do that one...
However, I do not sogn ASL so you/someone would have to post me the
sentence in pictures/verbal descriptions/QuickTime movies or something of
the like. But that won't be too big a problem I would think.
>Thanks for your interest, Susanne, and I hope in time it will be easy for
>us to direct people to an accurate comparison on the web!
Yes, I hope so! It's a good idea, especially for newbees who don't exactly
know what kind of system they would need for their respective purpose.
Institut für Deutsche Gebärdensprache und Kommunikation Gehörloser
University of Hamburg
Institute of German Sign Language and Communication of the Deaf
20146 Hamburg - Germany