Deaf opposition to SW

Bill Reese 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:

>Hello all:
>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 on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 12:01 AM
>-0500 wrote:
>>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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