Want to write some classifiers?...and verb conjugations?...and ASL poetry?...smile...

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Mar 31 23:01:34 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
March 31, 2004

Dear SW List, and Stephen and Stuart -
I confess that I haven't been reading everyone's emails, since there is 
just too much right now. But I think none of us have to worry about 
these different input methods. What you are doing, Stephen, on the web 
with glossing, is really an interesting development, so don't feel 
discouraged by all this back and forth...We are an active group!!

And I believe Ron Detloff is very interested, and I have not tested 
your email idea yet - I look forward to that later...

After I finish teaching a few other things, like the F handshapes, and 
also the BaseSymbols...I would be happy to write some classifiers on 
the List...would you like that? Or I could even write some ASL poetry 
on the List from a video clip...Can some of you read a QuickTime file? 
a .mov file....I have a wonderful video of Kevin Clark, who is several 
generations Deaf and a native ASL signer...Kevin is signing a poem 
called One Harbor, and it very ASL and expressive to say the least!

Val ;-)


On Mar 31, 2004, at 5:37 PM, Stephen Slevinski wrote:

> Stuart,
> Thanks.  I appreciate you pointing out the disadvantages of glossing.  
> Do you have any examples of SignWriting that demonstrate these 
> limitations?
> The use of SignWriting is still evolving.  I can see the problem if 
> people become accustomed to simplifing their language to fit an 
> imperfect tool.  They may view SignWriting as flawed, when it is 
> actually the glossing. 
> I hope that they would become interested in SignWriting and then 
> dissatisfied with glossing.  This would lead to people willing to 
> invest the time to learn a real tool like SignWriter.  Or they may 
> even create a tool better than SignWriter.
> -Stephen

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