ASL Grammar - Is this correct?
iroald at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 30 19:51:34 UTC 2006
The deaf persons who gave me this response are the ones who teach NTS at the
university college - and I was reading my writing to them, so they got the
eybrows from there. They say that it is just this one 'wh-' quesstion, whis
would be glossed *name you?*, that should have the brows up. All other such
questions, like *name he?* (who is that? what's his name?) should have the
brows down. -Which means that I would just be consiered as one who followed
the gramatical rules a bit too rigorously, and could not be considered a
native signer, even if it was 'perfect'
ps: as for the lessons, I just gave a comment ot you in another message. I
feel very tired just now, am off my good medications in order to be ill
enough for the doctor to prescribe them to me, so I am behind in things.
Besides, I had to move office *and* move almost everything in my appartment
because they were changing all the windows anfd creating quite a mess. Will
>From: "Valerie Sutton" <sutton at signwriting.org>
>Reply-To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>Subject: [sw-l] ASL Grammar - Is this correct?
>Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 09:38:14 -0800
>January 30, 2006
>Ingvild Roald wrote:
>>Hmm .. I wrote the equivalent question in Norwegian SL, and was told by
>>deaf signers that actually, for this this particular question, the
>>eyebrows up is better, because it looks more friendly. So I guess things
>>differ a bit among language communities?? Ingvild
>Hello Ingvild and Adam!
>Thanks for your messages on grammar. I believe that facial expressions,
>related to grammar, are different in different signed languages...so it is
>not surprising that there are differences in Norwegian Sign Language
>compared to ASL...
>But having said that, it also could be that the person who told you this,
>Ingvild, had never written Norwegian Sign Language, and so had not
>analyzed the possible nuances, depending on the structure of a sentence...
>In ASL, the eyebrows change depending on the situation...so grammar
>writing rules have to be established when we are writing Sign- Sentences...
>These kind of standardizations will come when more people write
>SignWriting sentences that are not dependent on word-glosses... when
>people compose directly in the movements of signed languages, then the
>So the future is great, because Steve is working on a new program for that
>Ingvild, while I have you online...have you seen these seven pages of
>lessons I posted this weekend?...
>Lessons in Using SignPuddle with SignBank
>it is number 1 on that page...
>Until I hear from someone, that they were able to follow these lessons and
>open in Editor mode, I cannot continue with the Lessons...so tell me when
>you have gotten that far...
>Any feedback on the lessons is greatly appreciated!
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