SignWriting in Unicode

Sara Morrissey smorri at COMPUTING.DCU.IE
Thu Jun 1 16:01:43 UTC 2006

Hello all,

There was a mention on the list a while ago about SignWriting being coded in
Unicode (see below for original mailing). I was wondering if anyone knows of
any further developments on this? I'd be interested to know as I could
potentially use a Unicode version in the data-oriented SL translation work
I'm researching and would be interested in comparing it to the annotated
data I'm currently using.

Many thanks,

 Sara Morrissey,
 PhD researcher,
 National Centre for Language Technology  (NCLT),
 School of Computing,
 Dublin City University,
 Dublin 9,

 Tel: +353 1 700 6914


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-sw-l at
[mailto:owner-sw-l at]On Behalf Of Valerie Sutton
Sent: 19 May 2006 16:24
To: SignWriting List
Cc: dwanders at; Deborah Anderson
Subject: [sw-l] Re: Number of publications with SignWriting?

SignWriting List
May 19, 2006

SW List Members -
Deborah Anderson asked me to post this message to the SignWriting
List (see below). This question is in relation to placing SignWriting
in Unicode. Deborah is attending a meeting of the Unicode Technical
Committee all this week, and they need to know how many publications,
(or how many pages in documents), have been written in
SignWriting?...I told Deborah well over 1000 documents at least, if
not more, plus the number of pages will be in the multiple thousands...

For example, just the Parkhurst Mystery Novel alone, written in
Spanish Sign Language from Madrid, is 140 pages of pure a perfect bound book..that is only one of many...

Deborah - You can read about that Novel written in SignWriting on
this web page:

SignWriting in Spain

Val ;-)

On May 18, 2006, at 7:11 AM, Deborah Anderson wrote:

> Dear Madam (or Sir),
> I am working on a project and need to estimate the number of
> publications in the world today in SignWriting (books, magazines,
> articles), as well as those that contain SignWriting (i.e.,
> introductory books in English or German that teach SignWriting). In
> doing a search on "WorldCat" via the UC Berkeley library, I only
> come up with 25 books, which I am sure is probably too low. I see
> there are two serial publications, The Sign Writer (1989-) and Sign
> Writer updates (begun?), which ought also to be included in a
> count.  Do you think the number of books today (as produced in all
> countries) in SignWriting and with SignWriting might total 400 or
> so, with magazines perhaps 10?
> I've looked through your website and thought it best to write to
> you for any assistance you could provide. I'd be very grateful for
> any assistance you can provide.
> With many thanks,
> Deborah Anderson
> Deborah Anderson
> Researcher, Dept. of Linguistics, UC Berkeley
> Proj. Leader, Script Encoding Initiative
> NOTE NEW Email: dwanders at
> (or dwanders at

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