Grammar and SignWriting Lanes

K.J. Boal kjoanne403 at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon May 14 16:56:44 UTC 2007

That's one of the first uses I thought of for SW: creating English as a 
Second Language textbook using SignWriting to compare English and ASL.  I 
would have started it earlier, but I knew I needed more practice with SW and 
a team of native ASL signers (similar to the DAC) before starting a project 
like that.  Transcribing Sleeping Beauty has been great experience in 
developing my SW skills! :-)  I'm looking forward to doing more...

>From: "Charles Butler" <chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM>
>Reply-To: sw-l at
>To: sw-l at
>Subject: Re: [sw-l] Grammar and SignWriting Lanes
>Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 06:26:16 -0700 (PDT)
>Very good.  I sort of disproved my own objection, but at the same time 
>showed that it is very useful to show both ASL grammar and English grammar 
>in comparison, which will help ASL primary users to understand the 
>differences, if it can be explained in ASL as well as in English.
>Stuart Thiessen <sw at> wrote: Just to show what I was 
>referring to about adapting horizontal
>writing systems to fit our vertical system. Here is an example using
>Charles' example sentence:
>On May 13, 2007, at 9:38, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> > Charles Butler wrote:
> >> Here is an example of teaching comparative grammar using both
> >> lanes and horizontal writing.  It takes up a large graphic, but
> >> for a classroom example of a classic nursery rhyme it may help to
> >> show how SW differs in production, grammar, and placement of
> >> subjects, verbs, objects, and their relation to one another.  It
> >> also shows, for me, how SEE and ASL differ.
> >
> > This is a very interesting diagram, Charles! Thank you for posting
> > it - Val ;-)
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