Writing Number 16 in ASL

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Wed Aug 22 19:42:52 UTC 2007

notice that the Thai do have a way to write it either way...so we  
still need to have a way to write page numbers in ASL, even if some  
layout artists designing books won't always use the page numbers that  
way...I do both depending on the document...

Writing page numbers in ASL on one side of the page, and the same  
page number in English (arabic numerals) on the other side of the  
page, is a useful tool for teaching the quick reading of SignWriting  

I have found page numbers in SignWriting very important for teaching  
fast reading techniques...it is subtle and most students don't  
realize they are learning to read fast because of the page numbers...

same with small look-up signs in dictionaries published with SignBank...

Val ;-)


On Aug 22, 2007, at 12:36 PM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:

> Well, alternatively, we can do what many other languages do and  
> just use regular numbers for the numbers themselves (page numbers,  
> etc.) and consider the signed numbers to be the "name" of the  
> number. For example, in Thailand, they use regular arabic numbering  
> like we do here in the US. But they also have their own number  
> symbols that they use for themselves. I learned that sometimes they  
> will list prices in both arabic numbers and Thai numbers, but the  
> prices could be totally different (as in cheaper for the Thai  
> reader ;-)).
> So numbering itself is an interesting issue. :)
> Stuart


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