Same 'gloss' , many 'signs'...

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Mon Jun 19 17:09:57 UTC 2006

SignWriting List
June 19, 2006

Perfectly explained! Maybe the message I just posted about the sign  
for ABOUT wasn't even needed .....thank you, Cherie!

Val ;-)

On Jun 19, 2006, at 4:06 AM, Cherie Wren wrote:

> ONe problem is that the English word 'about' may mean
> different things, so the different meanings could get
> different signs: what are you talking ABOUT, I have
> ABOUT $5, Joan looked ABOUT the room...
> Different regions use different signs for the same
> word ('word' in this instance meaning an individual
> concept not 'english gloss')
> Some individual concepts have more than one way to
> convey them...  So even the concept of 'about' from
> "what are you talking ABOUT" has a couple different
> ways to sign it...  not really regional variation,
> just variation.
> And because its Signwriting and an open puddle
> available to all comers, you have writing/spelling
> variations for each of the above variations.  ::grin::
> Does that help any?
> cherie
> --- Tim Grove <tim_grove at> wrote:
>> I've noticed in looking through the signs in Sign
>> Puddle that there are
>> many signs which have the same gloss, but are
>> represented in different
>> ways. Looking at the ASL dictionary, for example,
>> the gloss 'about' is
>> associated with 5 different SignWriting images. What
>> is the origin of
>> these different versions? Do they represent
>> different dialects, or are
>> they simply a matter of personal choice? I would
>> appreciate any insight
>> which you anyone could give. Thanks!
>> Best regards,
>> Tim
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