ETHIOPIA Question about Receptive and Expressive...

eyasu tamene eyasuh at YAHOO.COM
Wed Aug 10 08:40:01 UTC 2005

Dearest Val,and all
Day by day I am getting impresed by Sign Writing inaddition to becoming a participant to your generous list. 
I have attached the revised EMA alphabet. Then after, I think he is Stefen who raised the right question on Expressive and Receptive way of Signing. ' Which one of them are we supposed to use? Shall we use both. Do they have a meaning difference?  I think there is -  in Ethiopian Sign Language i.e the same hand shape but different in face (receptive and expressive). Should the EMA be revised in the receptive form? I think I saw some of the ASL manuals show an expressive face also. Hoping to read your suggestions.



Valerie Sutton <sutton at> wrote:
SignWriting List August 8, 2005

Hello Eyasu...I will be happy to fix this on the problem!  Val ;-)


On Aug 8, 2005, at 3:42 AM, eyasu tamene wrote:

Dearest Val,
No word to say Thank you, for enabling me push forwards. I saw the web. I found it impressive. It made me to work hard to fulfill the rest column.  
But one thing- I checked the EMA from other reference and proved that there is nothing missed in between 14 and 16. I would apologize greatly for the typological error I made while enumerating. I would attached the revised one soon when the PC works well. I wonder if you could take this into consideration the web too. 



Valerie Sutton <sutton at> wrote: 
SignWriting List August 7, 2005

On Jul 20, 2005, at 12:37 AM, eyasu tamene wrote:
Dearest Val. 
The first symbol looks impressive. I think the way it is written is receptive not expressive way. Do they have a difference? When I see some of the ASL manuals they are presented in similar way. Would you brief me in Expressive and Receptive ways?


Hello Eyasu and Everyone!
I am going to learn how to teach Receptive and Expressive again. I hope I can help you.

And I want to thank you for your question...I am happy you asked!

Have you seen your new web page?...

SignWriting in Ethiopia

If you click on Number 1 on that page, you will get:

Ethiopian Manual Alphabet

All of those pictures on that page, are Receptive. The person is facing us, and showing their own hands...In the next message, I will try to show you the Expressive of the same thing...and then later, how we write the difference in SignWriting.

Please tell me, by writing an email message, that you are following me...

I appreciate that, because it is hard for me to know if you have read my messages or not...

Val ;-) 

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