hoerah!! /mouth patterns

Maria Azzopardi maria.azzopardi at UM.EDU.MT
Wed Jul 24 07:55:38 UTC 2002

Dear Valerie,
It was good to hear from you. I'm so glad you are feeling better now :))

I'm sorry I haven't been in contact much with the list.... :O( I have however been
reading all the messages that come in, and I remember the very interesting
discussion about mouth-patterns in European sign languages. I had been meaning to
add that mouth-patterns occur frequently in Maltese Sign Language.  In fact when
transcribing the data for my dissertation (using signwriting) I didn't know how to
transcribe mouth-patterns (which were mainly mouth patterns derived from the spoken
language) using signwriting. What I did was write the words in a seperate column
next to the signwriting.  This worked well when analysing the spoken component of
Maltese Sign Language.  However it would be great to find a way of transcribing
these mouth-patterns using signwriting, because in doing so the mouth-patterns
would truly appear to be an integral part of the signing (although how could you
show mouth-patterns of more than 1 syllable??)

Hope you all have a great summer (just hope it's not as hot where you are as it is
here- mamma mia  :))

> And last, regarding the mouthing and mouth gestures needed in writing
> the northern European signed languages, such as German Sign Language,
> Swiss-German Sign Language, and possibly Norwegian Sign Language...I
> would like to suggest that Ingvild, Siv and Stefan communicate with
> each other on possible solutions. Stefan has already developed a lot
> of mouth movements written in SignWriting, based on the German spoken
> language. And I know Siv wants to add more....so I hope you will
> write to each other and try to work out some of the
> questions....Meanwhile, I am writing a report on writing detailed
> facial expressions. I hope to have that ready in the next couple of
> weeks. It will be included in the SignWriting Instruction Database in
> SignBank in September.

about mouth-patterns
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