Voting on PUDLs dictionary

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Mar 26 18:03:23 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
March 26, 2004

Stephen Slevinski wrote:
> Speaking of help, those 33 versions need to be renamed.  For help_3, I
> created a challenge to rename it to help-you.  You voted against that
> and
> suggested I-help-you.  But now I'm considering me-help-you.  This is
> not an
> exact science.
> Word to sign is a very messy business.


Yes! Isn't that the truth!

The reason I say "I help you."  "I help her." "I help them." and so
forth, is that the definitions that I am putting into our dictionary is
striving for two languages that are correctly written within each
language...meaning that each language is pure within the rules of their
grammars etc. So an English translation or definition would use the
word "I"...but in ASL glosses, which is not a pure language at
all...because it is using words from one language to describe the
grammar structure of another...The ASL gloss for "me" is not necessary
now, because it is written in SignWriting in the movements of
ASL and English both have their pure forms. That way a hearing person
with no knowledge of ASL, will learn how to sign "I help you." without
thinking that somehow the sign for Me and I are different signs...Val

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