SW Handwriting Course Participants

Jonathan duncanjonathan at YAHOO.CA
Mon Jan 8 16:03:33 UTC 2007

Hi Val,
    Yes, they know how to read basic SignWriting documents.  We are all
looking forward to your posting on Monday(I probably won't get this to
you until then) 
    I have a few questions about drawing the symbols correctly.  Was was
looking over the information on the website about handwriting and
noticed that you don't start drawing similar symbols at the same place. 
I wanted to know the rational behind where you start and end the
symbol.  I have only seen for the flat hand.  What about the other hand


I was also wondering how SignPuddle and SignBank deal with words that
are made up of several unrelated glosses.  For example pilot = airplane
+ agent or postman = letter + send + agent.  Do you cram all into one
frame or each in it's own frame and link them together?

Jonathan :-)

Valerie Sutton wrote:
> SignWriting List
> January 5, 2007
> Jonathan from Honduras wrote:
>> My wife wants to participate along with me.  We will both do the
>> lessons though she may not participate actively in the discussion
>> because she doesn't know very much English.  A few of my other
>> students are thinking of joining, can I get back to you on that on
>> Monday?  They won't be commenting either but I will post their work
>> here and I will let them know what everybody had to say about their
>> handwriting.
> Yes, of course your wife and students are welcome...
> Do they already know how to read basic SignWriting documents? It is
> not a requirement, but it will help!
> You can read SignWriting Children's stories in our Library.... Even if
> it is in another sign language, like ASL, it still will give you a
> little experience with reading SignWriting symbols before starting the
> course...if there is a symbol you do not know, you can look it up to
> learn more about that symbol...or ask us on the SW List to explain it...
> SignWriting Library
> http://www.signwriting.org/library
> I will assume, in this Handwriting course, that participants already
> know the SignWriting symbols themselves...
> This course will teach how to shorten the writing of symbols you
> already know...
> So if your students are beginners in SignWriting, they may find this
> course a little overwhelming...
> On the other hand, they are most welcome and maybe through this
> course, they will choose to learn SignWriting in more depth, by using
> SignPuddle to create their own signs...writing by computer can help
> teach SignWriting and will help lay a foundation for handwriting later...
> To create you own signs in SignPuddle, go to this web page and choose
> a country....then click on the SignMaker icon on the left of the
> screen and start creating your own signs...
> SignPuddle Online
> http://www.SignBank.org/signpuddle
> Experiment with one of the empty SignPuddles...like the one for
> Nigeria (for now)...there are no signs in that SignPuddle at all...so
> use Nigeria right now to teach yourself how to add signs to the
> dictionary and I will clean that up for you later ...we can make it a
> Honduras dictionary later ;-)
> Val ;-)


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