detailed argument for SignWriting to be used in Deaf Education
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Jan 27 02:27:31 UTC 2006
January 26, 2006
Very nicely written and explained, Charles!!
On Jan 26, 2006, at 4:03 PM, Charles Butler wrote:
> 1) Children who are respected for what they know already will learn
> other things that parallel them. One researcher in UK that
> presented in Brazil noted that Sign Language if matched mode for
> mode can bridge the communication gap. Spoken languages have a
> written component. If a child starts with writing the language
> they already use every day, they can make the logical leap to
> understand that the spoken language, that they cannot hear, can
> also be written.
> 2) Any person who uses multiple languages in everyday commerce (as
> the Irish do switching back and forth between Gaelic and English),
> know that if you know two languages, adding a third is easy. The
> same with using Sign Writing. If a person learns to write their
> own language, they can know that "these marks on paper" record my
> thoughts. "Those marks on paper" record someone else's thoughts,
> in a different language. Both Gaelic and English ! use the Roman
> alphabet, but Chinese or Russian do not. One would not expect one
> to write Gaelic using English words, one should not expect signed
> language to be written in an alphabet meant for recording sound.
> Hope that helps.
> Shane Gilchrist O hEorpa <shane.gilchrist.oheorpa at gmail.com> wrote:
> hi everyone,
> sorry for not contributing in the past month - as much as I love you
> all, work demands my fullest attention of lately!!!
> as some of you know im one of the Trustees for the Deaf School here in
> Belfast, im trying to put together a detailed argument why we should
> teach sign-writing to deaf children in my School - perhaps you can
> tell me why it is important for them to learn this - and for what
> Shane xx
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