Ethiopian Handshapes in the IMWA

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Jul 14 16:41:52 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
July 14, 2006

Hello Stefan, Eyasu and Everyone!
Thank you for these two messages, Stefan. I appreciate it. Your  
attached graphic is very good! I am working on the Ethiopian  
handshapes along with other work. I am hoping by Monday to be able to  
show you some new symbols....

I am not working on spellings...just the symbols themselves. Then all  
of you can decide how you want to write specific signs, using the  
symbols I add to the IMWA.

So I will not be on the List this weekend, because of the IMWA work.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Talk with you Monday!

Val ;-)


> From: Stefan Wöhrmann <stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE>
> Date: Wed 12 Jul 2006 04:13:08 PM EDT
> Message-ID: <0ML21M-1G0l5300uP-0005CA at>
> Hi Valerie,
> from my point of view it would be best to follow your strategy and  
> to go
> forward step by step - handshape EMA 01, EMA 02, EMA 03 ...
> So if there are already the needed symbols included - we will go  
> forward to
> the next or should discuss whether tiny differences are wanted and  
> crucial
> in order to describe this special EMA handshape
> Stefan ;-))
> ---------
> From: Stefan Wöhrmann <stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE>
> Date: Wed 12 Jul 2006 04:09:18 PM EDT
> Message-ID: <0ML21M-1G0l1L1NYv-00057J at>
> Hi Valerie, Eyasu and friends of EMA
> I agree and I can understand that it is an immense task to create  
> all the
> sets of 96 symbols for one single handshape -
> Let me suggest the following procedure. I can immagine the the  
> Ethiopian
> experts are the only people to tell us what they really see, sign,  
> feel -
> smile - while performing their fingerspelling
> Perhaps you can suggest a first idea on how you would write a given
> handshape - and some of them look so complicated -
> If our team would discuss this spelling you will know that you  
> don#t waste
> any precious time with creating new symbols if in the end the  
> experts focus
> on a detail that has not been obvious to us -
> (I know what I am talking about because it took us so many back and  
> forth
> emails to clarify what we should agree upon - while I tried to take  
> the same
> fotos - ha it has not been easy at all !!!)
> Attached you find a first graphic with my best guess how to write the
> handshapes in SW.
> This proposed procedure is just an idea - it has not to happen if  
> you prefer
> a different strategy.
> Stefan ;-)

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