[sw-l] A Sign for E-mail

Dan Parvaz dparvaz at MAC.COM
Wed Aug 4 20:13:52 UTC 2004

SW-L at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
The Deaf -- particularly the multi-generational Deaf -- folks I know still
fingerspell e-m-a-i-l. They reject the sign currently gaining ground as a
hearing invention, and I can't say I disagree.

In other countries i've seen some combination for 'type (as in on a
computer)' and 'send-letter'. But this asymmetric Euro-looking sign?


On Wed, 4 Aug 2004, Valerie Sutton wrote:

> SignWriting List
> August 4, 2004
> Dear Adam and Everyone.
> Thanks for your great messages! Please see my attached answer. Let me
> explain that the sign for email in our dictionary, (and currently in
> the header in SignPuddle right now), was the sign my Deaf staff used at
> the DAC back in the mid-1990's, before the internet was really
> popular...in fact a lot of people didn't even know what email was at
> that time, so I think that is the reason they fingerspelled it
> ...because it was a new sign...so if the one you suggest, Adam, is more
> correct for today's Deaf population, we can change that...I believe
> others have said the same thing....Should we change it in the
> SignPuddle header? I have another idea as to how to write the sign you
> showed us in the attached and will send that in the next message...
> Great to talk with you!  Val ;-)
> ----------------------------

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