Ethiopian Manual Alphabet(EMA)

eyasu tamene eyasuh at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jul 25 08:05:20 UTC 2005

Dearest Val,
It is realy rewarding being one of the members in your list.
Infact Ethiopian Manual alphabet as compared to the western one looks very complicated. A very good example might be Chinease Writing System. I think they use it effectiovely what matters is time. I expect EMS is no exception of this.

Valerie Sutton <sutton at> wrote:
SignWriting ListJuly 22, 2005

Charles and Eyasu -
I love the Ethiopian Manual Alphabet, but I can see now that I am going to have to start adding the symbols to the IMWA officially and not burden you with the job of trying to temporarily construct them...they are really quite complex and very very different than the handshapes of western signed languages...I can see that the next decade for me, will be to add all of the hand positions used in signed languages of the Middle-East and Far-East and Africa...They are different than the western handshapes and I am so glad that Eyasu joined the List to teach us about

So I want to thank you, Charles and Eyasu, for trying so hard!! I hope you can write other signs, while you are waiting for me to add the symbols...I hope to spend the month of August adding more symbols to the IMWA, so it won't be until September, before you will have access to any of these new symbols...

Smile...But we are making progress nonetheless!

Val ;-)


On Jul 22, 2005, at 1:25 PM, Charles Butler wrote:

I have constructed some which are now in the Ethiopian list, one uses the extended middle finger on top of an E, one is an extension of the R variant handshape (index finger on top of middle finger with an extra finger crooked onto the square.  I used the construction pieces for those.  
Some of the others I can't construct with the pieces available.

Valerie Sutton <sutton at> wrote:
SignWriting List
July 22, 2005

On Jul 22, 2005, at 12:09 AM, eyasu tamene wrote:
Would you point me where I can get the new symbols which are not 
available in the sign puddle?

Hello Eyasu and Charles...
Temporary construction of symbols can be done by clicking on the 
Limbs icon at the top right...You will find little finger pieces and 
arm lines there etc...Then you can piece it together...

These can only be temporary, however, because a constructed handshape 
cannot be sorted by SSS and cannot be used to search I plan 
to get to your new handshapes and put them in the IMWA officially as 
soon as I can... Val ;-)

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