[sw-l] Myths about SignWriting?

Valerie Sutton sutton at signwriting.org
Tue Jul 13 15:56:55 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
July 13, 2004

Wonderful, Stuart! I hope people will contribute to your list of "Myths 
About SignWriting"!

That may help people understand it better...Val ;-)


Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> I wonder if there are other "myths" about SignWriting.  Should we put 
> a FAQ or something together that specifically shoots down myths?? I 
> would be happy to put something together if you all would be willing 
> to help me with some of your experiences with people's 
> misunderstandings.  What myths or false ideas about SignWriting have 
> you heard?  What misunderstandings have people told you?  Like --- "So 
> SignWriting is like Chinese" (but it's really more of a featural 
> writing system than a concept-based [logographic] writing system.)
> My friend, Philip, also had a chance to talk with people about it and 
> we feel very positive about the reaction.  One friend of his agreed 
> with him that if the grassroots really knew about the potential of 
> SignWriting, they would be very excited about it.  So we just need to 
> keep on the process of educating our deaf communities about the 
> benefits of SW.
> The next NAD conference will be in New Orleans probably the second 
> week in July 2006. We have two advance tickets for NAD and hope to 
> prepare for a booth at that NAD convention to promote SignWriting more 
> vigorously.  We may do a trial run at our state convention next year 
> in 2005.
> Thanks,
> Stuart

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