AW: [sw-l] Spelling of ASL Wallet (retry #3)

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Thu Jun 16 19:33:46 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
June 16, 2005

Hello Stefan and Everyone!
Thanks for this message...

> Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
> There is no reason whatsoever to put any pressure in whatever  
> direction!

Thank you, Stefan. I appreciate that. I want to enjoy  
SignWriting...and there is a lot of joy to share! And I know you  
share joy with your Deaf students daily in Germany....

> I understand your invention as a wonderful, wonderful support to  
> improve
> literacy in my students - and believe me there is a difference!!!  
> smile

Nice to know that SignWritng is

> Of course the use and feedback of SW on a daily basis may lead to  
> problems
> and spelling needs. This is a great chance to look carefully at the  
> strength
> and weakness of this notation system.

Yes. I see this as a good thing, that we need to come to decisions  
together. That way we really get a writing system that will be used  
around the world. If I was just a dictator, I know for a fact some  
people would not use it is better to work together. Your  
input, for example, in Germany, has been very helpful. By the way, I  
would like to add the Mundbildschrift facial expressions into the  
IMWA this this ok with you, Stefan? Do you want that? I  
will wait to hear from you to be sure...

> Ha - if it would not work - I would not use it at school.

of course not! smile...

> So you think that we need an additional interpretation of the wrist- 
> flexing
> symbol- with the focus on the wrist - while the fingers keep in touch.

In these rare cases, where two hands press against each other, I  
think we need to create a common understanding as to how to write it  
in general...

> What would I have done without that?

Ha! This made me admit that our lives would not  
come to an end if I did not create such a rule!!! grin...

> Well I tried out another series of spelling variations and all of them
> "should" describe the same performance -

oh boy! Let me see below....

> well #1 is different but looking at my hands while performing this  
> "wallet"
> sign fluently I perceived a little backward - movement of my  
> fingertips ...

how interesting!!

> Hi Valerie - hope you are doing fine!

I am ok, thanks for asking! Compared to three-quarters of the world,  
I have a terrific life!

And I hope you and your students are doing well

Your spellings here bring up some important issues and I will try to  
write this up if I can - Many thanks, Stefan!!

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