AW: [sw-l] facial expressions - Mundbilder
signwriting at MAC.COM
Sun Jul 9 15:47:50 UTC 2006
July 9, 2006
Thanks for the wonderful description of your work. Your presentation
in Maastricht touched people in other countries. I am glad you made
the choices you made!...and I love reading your transcription of Deaf
storytelling too...Transcribing from video is not easy, and you
capture Deaf storytelling beautifully from video...I found one of
your documents the other that is so great! I have attached it to this
message...what a great piece of writing!
Of course we have mouthing of words here in the US...in one Deaf
family in the US you can have one brother who does not mouth words
and a sister who does...But we are not dependent on the speech
movements to understand ASL.....there are other non-manuals in ASL
that we cannot live without...that are necessary for
understanding...but mouthing specific words in English is not a part
of true ASL.
Your work with writing speech movements has a different purpose.
Teaching literacy in a spoken language is a different goal and
different task...and you have shown the world it is possible using
SignWriting symbols and your development of writing the movements of
But when a Deaf person writes their native ASL, they are not trying
to understand spoken language, nor can they see themselves sign on a
videotape...they are writing their native language the way they feel
it, from their own perspective, and not the way they see it...
So the goals are different....
Spoken language literacy and Sign Language literacy are different but
they can co-exist and support each other...
I love this attached document, Stefan! The person is washing his
face, and grooming himself, and combing his hair - wonderful writing
of mime, gesture and signs!! Thank you for posting it on your web site!
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