signs in different cultures
metaloma at SHAW.CA
Mon Jan 16 21:23:39 UTC 2006
Thanks Valerie! I am interested in any information I can get on using
> SignWriting out in the field for research such as in Primatology.
> students have asked me if there are examples of research where
> someone has
> used SignWriting to map the movements of humans, non-human
> primates, or
> other animals.
> I want to introduce myself to the list. I am a graduating 4th year
> anthropology student, and I am making 'universal access' the focus
> of my
> Masters thesis. I have been asked to give a presentation about
> to a 3rd year anthropology class at Malaspina University-College in
> BC, Canada for Dr. Helene Demers' class as part of my Directed
> Study on the
> SignWriting system. I am hoping to connect with as many list
> members as
> possible, so that I can present a balanced and informative
> presentation to
> my class.
> I also have a question: I have noticed that (being the cultural
> that we are), people from other cultures are adapting the
> SignWriting system
> to work with their native sign languages. If this is indeed the
> case, won't
> signs change from culture to culture? In other words, won't the
> same sign
> in ASL possibly mean something different in Dutch sign language?
> Does that
> not impede the international utility of the SignWriting system?
> What I
> particularly liked was the idea that one system could be read world-
> but if people are changing the meaning of the symbols, does that
> not negate
> some of its universal benefits?
> I would appreciate hearing the views of the list regarding this
> question and
> any other thoughts, insights and personal experiences members might
> wish to
> Liz Harvey-Carter
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