When are Sign Languages considered written languages?

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Jan 27 02:25:04 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
January 26, 2006

Dear SW List Members -
I want to share with you a very interesting conversation I had today  
with someone from the Deaf Community in the US. Yesterday, someone on  
the TeachASL List (a group of people who are teachers of American  
Sign Language), posted a message saying that ASL is not a written  
language and that sometimes people criticize ASL for not being  

So I answered that ASL IS a written language because there are some  
people writing it now, and then I posted a sentence written in ASL,  
like this...continued next message...smile...

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