writing multi-party conversation

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Thu Aug 3 15:48:09 UTC 2006

On Aug 2, 2006, at 9:23 AM, eghoffma at UMICH.EDU wrote:
> Also, I have a lot of home signers in my data, who often  
> incorporate the physical environment in their communication  
> (reaching out to physically manipulate objects, trace on table  
> tops, etc). I don't suppose sign writing has any means of  
> representing contact with external physical objects? If not I can  
> always describe these actions along with the glosses. I think most  
> of these questions will work themselves out as I keep working, but  
> I thought I'd throw some of these questions out there so I won't  
> reinvent the wheel if someone has already worked through all this.

OH Yes! We do have a way to contact objects...such as  
skateboards...smile...and in DanceWriting, people hold onto each  
other, or hold onto a bar or other props...Right now I am writing  
holding an axe in Norwegian wood cutting...

So let's talk about what the objects are...there are two ways to  
write it...with a Prop Symbol, that does not tell you what the Prop  
is...but generally tells you that something is being contacted or  
referred to...or...we can develop a visual symbol for that specific  

I believe Steve mentioned the skateboard writing. Here is an example  
of the skateboard prop...without the visual representation of the  
skateboard I don't think people could read the notation properly...


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