Deaf opposition to SW
wreese01 at TAMPABAY.RR.COM
Wed Jul 20 12:30:03 UTC 2005
It may be because a written system can never catch all the nuances of a
language. For instance, a signed song can be beautiful in it's
expression but that beauty is lost when writing it down. It's the
artistic sense of a language that is so difficult to capture.
Kimberley A. Shaw wrote:
>this makes me think of an e-mail encounter I had with somebody Deaf the
>other day, who felt that SignWriting is a "dis-service" to the signing
>Deaf community ... and does not do justice to such a beautifully visual
>method of expression! (???!!)
>I am still trying to figure it out; are people afraid that if Sign gets
>written down, that it will be taken over by the hearing world?
>Puzzled HoH in Boston,
>sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 12:01 AM
>>I'm sad to see that it was a few Deaf grads from Gallaudet who
>>expressed opposition to SW. Hopefully the deaf community in Malaysia
>>will have the opportunity to evaluate SW for themselves and not let a
>>few make a decision for the whole. The challenge for us (in any
>>community) is finding a way to help the majority have a chance to
>>experience SW for themselves and not allow a few to block their access.
>> I have seen some of that in my own sharing about SW. This is where it
>>is very important for those of us who are deaf to take the
>>responsibility to explain why we like it. That makes a difference.
>>Just an observation,
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