AW: What? No BSL?

Stefan Woehrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Sat Sep 6 13:13:50 UTC 2003

Hi Sandy and all , --

I like this idea to start with a set of signs that would lead newcomers from
all different countries and SL into the world of reading SW.

I would like to share different concept.

In the past I offered lots of different presentations, workshops and lessons
in SW. From my point of view it is very helpful for beginners to learn to
read movements and handshapes - but not to find signs that are already
familiar to them. (This would be a good second step !)

Since SignWriting is an international movementwriting system there are
movements and body-expressions that should be performed all the same all
over the world.
I offer a teaching - document for beginners. You can make printouts, cut the
signs into pieces and prepare easy to read flashcards.
What do you think ??

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Von: SignWriting List [mailto:SW-L at ADMIN.HUMBERC.ON.CA]Im Auftrag von
Sandy Fleming
Gesendet: Freitag, 5. September 2003 10:08
Betreff: What? No BSL?

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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