AW: Facial expressions

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Wed Dec 5 16:10:22 UTC 2012

Hi Honza and friends, 


I agree – often – and most of the time it is not necessary and not a good
idea to write all the Mundbilder every time you use the sign... On the other
hand if a signer shows the whole performance as if speaking this given word
without sound it would not accept this finding as an important
information as part of the sign.


You know that my first and major focus is to teach deaf students to improve
spoken language skills. With our ne delegs-software it becomes so easy to
write wonderful teaching materials in a reasonable time. Thanks to our
creative and competent software-team we can edit now every sign in a
document and write as many Mundbilder as we want to or to delete all of them
– smile. In the long run the delegs-Programm will include a Sign Editor that
allows to spell your own signs/entries just the way you would prefer them to
be used in your document. 


So the whole story about Mundbilder is to allow the reader to read a
document fluently without too much guessing about the given signs. Depending
on their literacy and grammar skills my students ask for more or less
support – (= for more or less Mundbilder) 


Hope this helps... 






Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
[mailto:SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACOLLEGE.EDU] Im Auftrag von Honza
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 5. Dezember 2012 12:02
Betreff: Re: Facial expressions


Hi Valerie and Stefan,

Stefan - I use your "Mundbilder" (but only for part of words). We are not
sure if it is necessary or not to write whole words, so we write just few
letters of each word.

Thank you Val, yes I know there are many explanations, but it is not exact.
Best are pictures. I found some in Cross-linguistic Guide, but there are
only some - especially there are only 3-4 eyebrow patters.


On 4 December 2012 23:49, Stefan Wöhrmann
<stefanwoehrmann at> wrote:

Hi Valerie and friends, 


In addition to that we discussed again and again my “Mundbilder” system –


You find it in my “Handbuch zur GebärdenSchrift”


It is helpful to describe/write down that part of information coming from
the lips of a signer if it is not meant as “mouth gesture” but associated
with given words in the spoken language of that country. ... 


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Date: Monday, August 18, 2003 22:34:20

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Subject: Mouthings- question for Stefan


All best 






Von: SignWriting List: Read and Write Sign Languages
[mailto:SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACOLLEGE.EDU] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Dienstag, 4. Dezember 2012 21:38
Betreff: Re: Facial expressions


SignWriting List

December 4, 2012


Find information on Facial Expression symbols in SignWriting
.Go to the
International SignWriting Alphabet 2010 Reference web page:


ISWA 2010 HTML Reference Guide


scroll down and click on:


Category 4: Head & Faces


scroll down and click on:


SymbolGroup 22: Head


SymbolGroup 23: Brow Eyes Eyegaze


SymbolGroup 24: Cheeks Ears Nose Breath


SymbolGroup 25: Mouth Lips


SymbolGroup 26: Tongue Teeth Chin Neck


Every symbol is listed with names in English beside each symbol.


These symbols are used in several software programs, including SignPuddle
(  and SignWriter Studio (


Val ;-)

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