EHTIOPIA Message from Eyasu...
dac at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Jul 20 14:39:59 UTC 2005
July 20, 2005
The message below from Eyasu in Ethiopia bounced back to me, the
manager of the SignWriting List. For some reason the software that
runs the List, said there was a diagram that made the message too
long...Did you attach a diagram to this message, Eyasu? If so, could
you send it again? Be sure it is a jpeg or a gif or png, and not
other formats like BMP...sometimes the List software doesn't like
BMP! smile...if that is not the reason, then just ignore this...but
here is Eyasu's message, Everyone!....
On Jul 20, 2005, Eyasu wrote:
Dearest Val and All,
Infact I am happy to contribute my professional experiance,
Linguistics, to my illiterate deaf people. The symbols that I have
choosen from the sign puddle are thought to resemble with the hand
shapes. That is my assumption as a biginner.
I was just thinking to call upon a deaf signers with access to
Internet. I will try to make contact with the Deaf Association in
Ethiopia and make them do their best. As to my knowledge, you may
know it too, no school in Ethiopia uses Sign Writing. A new thing is
happening which needs inistitutional, sociatal integration. Perhaps
there need a Sociolinguistic Survey before taking an action.
You are right Val. 'U' seems exactly similar to the 1st Ethiopian
Alphabet which is 'You' in English. U1, U2.......U7 which is the very
nice one. But when you proceed the 2nd, 3rd.....33rd there is no
English Alphabet which resembles the Ethiopian ones, as in the
attached painted alphabets. So what I am thinking for the time being
is to name them as 1st, 2nd, 3rd...33rd EMA. What do you think? Once
the initial alphabets are written the rest six Vowels are simple i.e.
only moving the hands in different direction as it is shown in the
Eyasu tamene from Ethiopia wrote:
I have tried to sign write some of the alphabets of Ethiopians. I
assumed some of them are not to be found in the sign puddle. Would
you give your sinceare comments?
Hello Everyone and Eyasu!
This is great to see some SignWriting symbols next to the pictures,
Are you happy with the symbols you have chosen for these hand
positions? Do you think that other Ethiopian signers would know what
you are writing, without the pictures? If so, then why not add those
to your Ethiopian SignPuddle? I added your first one to the Ethiopian
SignPuddle already, as you know, using the name U1..Have you seen
that one in your puddle?...Was that the way you wanted it named...U1?...
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