AW: [sw-l] SignSpelling Rules and Guidelines

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jan 26 16:11:27 UTC 2005

Query for you Stefan,

On the issue of speed of reading, I can understand your student's frustration.  On the issue of speed of writing, in comparison to spoken languages, do you have a comparison in terms of "fresh utterance" as to how quickly a student can take a sign, and quickly write it, if one must include mouth movements at all stages.  Posture, facial expression, and speed are all important, to some degree, I'm just thinking in terms of "long-term writing process" how multiple heads attached to a single movement actually speeds up the process of "writing" as opposed to "reading."

Over centuries, readers of spoken utterances reduced to writing learned to write the bare minimum necessary for reproduction of speech by orthography.

I am curious if German Sign Language requires mouth movements, or if, like
Cued Speech as opposed to ASL, they are a part of a Total Communication system as opposed to a language not based on voice, but hands.

A query.

Charles Butler

Stefan Wohrmann <stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE> wrote:
Hi Valerie,

Here is my spelling for the performance in the video - Sign for Prag -
Without the mouth movements me and my students would not have any chance to translate the sign - this caused in the past a lot of frustration on both sides ( smile) -
Since I add the Mundbilder - it is very often no problem as long as these proper names are introduced ...

Stefan ;-)

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January 25, 2005

Stefan Wohrmann wrote:
and what is the mouth doing ??
Stefan ;-)

That is a good question ;-)

Why don't you write the mouth movements for to the Flemish Online Dictionary to view the video:

Sign for Praag

The first lady's mouth movements are quite obvious...;-)

Val ;-)

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