POLAND Report on the presentation on Brussels symposium

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Oct 31 17:07:46 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
October 31, 2005

Hello Lucyna and Everyone!
Thank you for this report, Lucyna, about your presentation. I am glad  
that it all went well.... I do not know anything about the homonyms  
you mention, since I am not a linguist, but I am impressed with the  
detail of your presentations...very interesting...and when you are  
ready, I look forward to posting your report in Swiat Ciszy on these  
web pages...Congrats!

SignWriting in Poland

and also on this web page:

SignWriting Symposium 2005

Val ;-)


On Oct 28, 2005, at 5:08 AM, Lucyna Dlugolecka wrote:

> Hello List,
> Thanks to the materials I received from Valerie and found on the  
> web I could do an interesting presentation to report what we did at  
> the First European SignWriters Organization Symposium that was held  
> in Brussels last summer. Kathleen's presentation and Alessio's  
> report were especially helpful. We discussed some of the related  
> issues. For example we agreed that face symbols are not needed to  
> differentiate homonyms. There are many homonyms in spoken languages  
> and there is no problem with understanding them in the context. Of  
> course, there may be phonetic or graphic homonyms. In Polish we may  
> have some problems with writing phonetic homonyms but nothing is so  
> simple in the world and we have just to learn writing rules. For  
> example, words masaż (massage) and masarz (butcher) are spelt the  
> same way. But there are some rules that help us remember that masaż  
> is to be written with "ż" at the end, not "rz".
> In case of graphic homonyms, like "rola" that can mean "a role",  
> "soil" or "a roll" there isn't any problem with understanding,  
> either... Likewise we don't need additional symbols to  
> differentiate sign that have several meanings.
> My article on the symposium, written for the Swiat Ciszy magazine  
> for the Deaf have been also published, but it's just narrative,  
> while my presentation brought up more in-depth theoretical  
> problems.As soon as I have scanned the article, I'll post it to the  
> List.
> Lucy

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