Mundbildschrift and Mundbild ;-)

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Sun May 13 14:16:55 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
May 13, 2007

Adam Frost wrote:
> Ok. That helps me understand what Mundbildschrift is. I could  
> possibly be called Speech Writing. :-) So what I was thinking is  
> called Mundbild, or maybe called in English Mouth Writing or Lip  
> Writing. Your explanation helps a lot. Thanks. :-)

Hello Stefan, Adam, Sandy, Charles and everyone!

You are correct, Adam, that you are interested in writing what Stefan  
calls Mundbild...which are SignWriting symbols applied to writing the  
movements we see on the mouth while signing...and writing Mundbild  
should be a part of the ISWA (the International SignWriting  
Alphabet). I think your name LipWriting is fun! Or Mouthing  
Writing...or just plain SignWriting Facial Expressions might be fine  
too ;-)

and you are right again, that Mundbildschrift is not the same...and  
will not be a part of the ISWA.

I asked Stefan to choose an English translation of the term  
"Mundbildschrift" for us, so we can understand it in English...and  
Stefan chose this translation:

Mundbildschrift (Woehrmann's SpeechWriting System)

Woehrmann's SpeechWriting System writes the sounds of the IPA  
(International Phonetic Alphabet) using some symbols from SignWriting  
Facial Expressions, but then developing those symbols further, to  
create a standard way of writing the sounds of the IPA.

Here is an example...see attached...this is a sentence written in  
Woehrmann's SpeechWriting System. This sentence writes the sounds of  
the English sentence at the bottom of the diagram. You can see there  
are seven words, read from left to right. If a person memorizes what  
sound is represented by each standardized facial expression, they can  
produce the sounds of of the IPA:

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