SW captioned video - Receptive or Expressive?

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this one...

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[sw-l] SW captioned video - Receptive or Expressive?

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April 13, 2007

Hello Kelly Jo, Antonio Carlos and Stuart!

Great discussion! I personally agree with videos written with 
Receptive SignWriting, only because that was the way I first started 
with SignWriting personally...I was writing from videotape so it was 
natural for me to write exactly as it was signed on the video...that 
was how SignWriting started out and that is why it was Receptive for 
the first decade of SignWriting use...

When the Deaf writers requested the change to Expressive, of course 
my first argument came to mind, that it would no longer work as well 
with videotape transcription...but it was so exciting to see people 
really writing expressively in their own language, that it was clear 
that when not writing from videotape, the Expressive was the way to 

But there is no reason that we could not caption videos in Receptive 
SignWriting...that could be an exception, since it would match the 
captioning with the signing on the video...

Since it is so easy for someone like myself to switch the document 
from Expressive to Receptive, I would suggest that rather than 
creating new software for that process right now, let me teach you 
all how to do it...There are some symbols that are not an exact 
switch...so programming it right now is not necessary and would take 
some experience before we know all the ins and outs...

The way to test this, is if Cherie Wren can help me find the correct 
document that really matches the video of Little Miss Muffet (can you 
point me to it, Cherie?) and if it is already in SignText, then I can 
duplicate that exact document and prepare a Receptive version of it 
and show it to you...I can send it to the List...

Then we will need James Short, or Adam Frost, to help us put it on 
the video again, to see which version we prefer...Recpetive or 

This will be a great experiment!

Val ;-)


On Apr 13, 2007, at 9:41 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:

> I wonder ... Valerie and Steve, I am just throwing this off the top 
> of my head, but would it be possible for the change in perspective 
> between expressive and receptive to be computer managed?  For the 
> hands, it would just be a matter of reversing white and black, 
> correct?  What is the impact on other symbols? Is that worth 
> something to explore where we can write things expressively like we 
> prefer for reading, but have a way for the computer to output in 
> receptive mode if needed?
> I can see where signs that are using the top down view would not be 
> able to handle this, but don't we usually have a head symbol that 
> represents the top-down view? The converter that manages the switch 
> in perspectives could ignore signs that incorporate symbols that 
> use the top down view.
> Just an off the top of my head thought. I saw this email and just 
> thought I would throw it out. Perhaps further analysis will show 
> that it is not really possible. If so, oh well. :)
> Stuart

> On Apr 13, 2007, at 11:30, rocha at ATLAS.UCPEL.TCHE.BR wrote:
>> Hi everybody,
>>   Just to let you know I think it would be much better to caption the
>> video in the receptive mode. It seems it would be much easier to
>> assimilate the writing to the images.
>>   All the best,
>>   Antônio Carlos
>> P.S.: sometimes I manage to get time to read some messages! :-)


>>> I just watched the video - I love it!!! :-)  I've thought of the
>>> possibility
>>> of SW captioning, but I hadn't gotten as far as actually figuring 
>>> out how
>>> to
>>> do it... it looks great to me!
>>> The only problem I had was when the caption hid one of the 
>>> signer's hands.
>>> Otherwise, it looks good to me.
>>> KJ

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