What? No BSL?

Sandy Fleming sandy at FLEIMIN.DEMON.CO.UK
Fri Sep 5 08:08:09 UTC 2003

Hello again!

One of the problems I'm having with SW is the lack of materials in BSL. Some
stories, articles or letters in continuous BSL would be nice, so that I
could verify the sort of stuff I'm writing. I wrote to Professor Woll as
suggested on the site but he says he doesn't have any BSL materials online,
nor much offline.

Any ideas for sources?

Maybe a good idea would be to have a project listing, say, "My First 100
Signs" in SW, listing the most common signs in as many sign languages as
possible, to help people get started in their own sign language. I don't
know what the most common signs in BSL are, though!

I did download the Sutton GB font. The way the vowels are written is
interesting, just a contact star at the appropriate finger and no indication
that the right-hand index finger is what's touching it. Is this a standard
convention? Are there other conventions like this for making signs simpler
to write?

One problem with it, though, is that the knuckle joint of the finger being
contacted should be slightly closed. This is an important point because it's
easier to see which vowel is being indicated when the left handshape changes
like this. Wouldn't it be better to add a "v" sign near the "*" sign in each


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