Exaggerated Sign Language and Synonyms

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Mar 1 21:13:04 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
March 1, 2004

Dear SW List, and Stephen!
Thanks for your message below, about SignWriting games. In Albuquerque, 
New Mexico, teachers teach SignWriting at the elementary school level. 
Some of the teachers started to develop games with SignWriting and 
English vocabulary years ago. I bet they would be happy to know about 
your games. Maybe the teachers could test your games in their 
classrooms? The teachers are not on the SignWriting List, and there are 
around seven of them, some Deaf and some hearing. Here are three to 

1. Dr. Cecilia Flood
flood_c at aps.edu

2. Lorraine Crespin
lacrespin at earthlink.net

3. Kate Dalton Lee
akadalton at hotmail.com

Meanwhile, I would also like to discuss your games on the SignWriting 
List, so please continue to share with us. I still haven't downloaded 
your SignWriting cards on your site, and I will try to do that tonight.

Did you succeed at typing some SignWriting in SignWriter yet?

Val ;-)


On Mar 1, 2004, at 2:10 PM, Stephen Slevinski wrote:
> I am trying to make a vocabulary game for English that uses 
> SignWriting and
> Alphabet.  I have a few ideas to share and would appreciate comments.
> Consider all of the synonyms for the word happy: joyous, joyful, merry,
> mirthful, glad, gleeful, delighted, cheerful, gay, laughing, contented,
> genial, satisfied, enraptured, congenial, cherry, jolly, hilarious
> ÿÿ hat are the synonyms for the sign  œ¬ appy m    How would you need 
> to
> exaggerate the sign  œ¬ appy m  so that it could be interpreted as  œÞ 
> nraptured
>  m
> The game will starts with a simple sign.  The sign will be 
> exaggerated.  An
> English word will describe the new sign.  The game will start online.  
> A
> line of card games could be created by subject matter and grade level.
> The game will teach SignWriting and English vocabulary.
> I have a small database.  The database will grow with the game.  There 
> is a
> great possibility for education with a large database.
> I know that perfect interpretations of ASL are not possible in 
> English.  But
> a sufficient interpretation is possible.
> Hearing children use phonetics to learn to read.  I think that deaf 
> children
> could learn using exaggeration instead.
> -Stephen

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