iPhone App

Kimberley Shaw skifoot at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 29 14:10:47 UTC 2012

Sure! I'm glad to volunteer an example of real-world handwriting.
I have a whole folder full of songs which are translated from English or
Yiddish into ASL. They are written while my ASL-consultant creates an
on-the-fly interpretation of the song's printed words. I never can write
quite fast enough to capture "real-time" signing -- wish I could! As is,
there are a certain amount of against-the-rules shortcuts that I use, which
are faster to write than the standard version, and make sense to me. (So
that when the director decides to use a song I and my consultant translated
5 years ago, I can still read and understand notes from 5 years ago...)
There is a constant tension between writing nicely, neatly and properly,
and writing quickly and more streamlined!
It is true that standard Signwriting doesn't always flow easily from pen or
paper. It feels very much like writing in Hebrew when you have to use all
the diacritics and vowels, versus just writing cursive consonants, as
fluent Israelis (and Yiddish speakers) do.
So here's a picture of one song, unedited, unimproved, warts and all.
Straight from my cellphone. I hope it gets from here to there OK.

Kim from Boston

> Do you have any samples of letters, or notes, or what-have-you, that
> are good examples of quickly-written but still-legible(-to-the-author)
> SignWriting?
> Sure - anyone want to show Arthaey some of their handwritten notes? smile
> As far as good examples on the web -
> http://www.signwriting.org/about/prepare/prep01.html
> Darline was aghast when I posted this one, because she was just writing
> handwritten notes for herself and never expected it to become an example
> that it is possible to write by hand (smile)
> and here is an article that goes on for more than 6 pages showing lots of
> handwriting…go from page to page to page...
> http://www.signwriting.org/lessons/cursive/byhand1.html
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