[sw-l] BELGIUM: 2 new flag-icons

Katrien Van Mulders katrien_vanmulders at YAHOO.COM
Tue Dec 14 19:46:43 UTC 2004

Hello everyone,

The official name of the sign language used in Wallonia is "Langue des Signes de Belgique Francophone" (LSBF) or "Belgian French-Speaking Sign Language" (http://www.ffsb.be/doc/LS/ls2.html). In Flanders the term "Waalse Gebarentaal" or "Walloon Sign Language" is frequently used. On the 8th TISLR conference in Barcelona however a (hearing) sign language researcher from Wallonia spoke of "Belgian Sign Language" in her poster presentation (for which she apologized to us later on, btw ;-). Although I am by no means in favour of the latter, "Belgian French-Speaking Sign Language" is no good alternative either. But then again, who am I to decide? Walloon Deaf people should be contacted concerning this :-)



Kasterlinden Bilinguaal <katjesaar at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:


I have forwarded this mail to Kristof. To ask him for his opinion. I think the flags look great! I don't know why 'Belgian' is spelled the way it is. Where's the head ;)

I have also made inquieries about the Walloon sign 'LSF' as they call it. It seems they use 'French' and not 'Walloon' (langue du signe Français) Go figure ;)

I will get to sending the right sign for 'LSF' as soon as possible.

Greetings Kathleen

>From: "Valerie Sutton" <sutton at signwriting.org>
>Reply-To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>To: sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu
>Subject: [sw-l] BELGIUM: 2 new flag-icons
>Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 07:59:55 -0800
>SignWriting List
>December 13, 2004
>Kasterlinden Bilinguaal School in Belgium wrote:
>>I worked with the kids in the signpuddle today. We saw that a lot
>>of changes were made. Looks great!! ;) A Flemish flag, yes yes! The
>>children asked me were Belgium disappeared to ;)
>Hello List, and Kathleen and Flemish children!
>Ha! yes. I did as you suggested, Kathleen, and divided Belgium into
>the two Sign Language regions, Flemish and Walloon. Please see
>attached diagram for the icons for the two areas...I hope this is
>what you wanted? The Walloon dictionary does not go anywhere right
>now if you click on the icon, but in time it will...And I used the
>sign for Belgium for the Walloon dictionary until I find out what
>their sign is for their regional area of Belgium...
>Plus...Kathleen...did I choose the correct sign for Flanders? Notice
>how following the SignSpelling rules, the arrow is underneath the
>first handshape. I can explain that rule again, if you need it for
>your students:
><< Belgium.jpg >>

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