facial expressions

Sandy Fleming sandy at SCOTSTEXT.ORG
Sun Jul 9 09:06:57 UTC 2006

Valerie Sutton wrote:

> Ha! A wide spectrum of choices, and SignWriting can write them  
> all...the writer's choice ;-)
> What do you think of writing the moods of a signer, such as smiling  
> faces in children's stories?...or moods for poetry?
I think this is a matter of writing style.

In English you might say, "I passed, I'm so pleased!" or you might just 
say "I passed!" while letting tone of voice and/or facial expression 
show that you're pleased. Similarly you could do it either way in BSL 
(except for tone of voice!).

But in English writing there's no way of showing face or tone, so 
writers will most often go with the more verbose style. In SignWriting 
there is a way, so you have four choices: use just the extra signs, just 
add the facial expression, or neither, or both!


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