Group descriptions

Gagnon et Thibeault atg at VIDEOTRON.CA
Thu Aug 21 15:36:10 UTC 2008

Hi Val, Adam and everyone,

    It is very WONFERFUL for the photograph of the handshape. 

    I hope Adam or Stefan will create photographs of the tooth, the eye, the mouth, the tongue, the lip...... they will help Deaf kids to learn easily.

    Adam, keep working!!!

    Hand waving


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Valerie Sutton 
  To: SignWriting List 
  Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:26 AM
  Subject: Re: [sw-l] Group descriptions

  SignWriting List
  August 21, 2008

  Hello Ingvild!
  It is so great to be in touch again. I hope you have had a great summer....I have! ;-))

  And yes, of course, when the new ISWA is released officially it will be accompanied by instruction. I am writing several manuals on the ISWA, including some new web areas. They are only partially done. That is what Jonathan was referring to....he found this web area:

  SignWriting Symbol Lessons
  International SignWriting Alphabet (ISWA

  As you can see, Adam Frost is creating some wonderful animated GIFs that show the symbol side by side with the photograph of the handshape, moving from palm facing to palm facing...

  But we have barely started...and the actual ISWA will not be released for at least a when that times comes I hope to be prepared with the documents to support it...

  I am also doing a re-design of SymbolBank for the ISWA:


  And I would feel very fortunate indeed if you have the time to translate the materials into Norwegian...We could even create some Norwegian web areas that mirror the English one...

  So there is work ahead of us...But one thing that is good...the ISWA is an improvement over the IMWA...and I suspect we will be using the ISWA in a stable fashion for decades to the instruction materials we create will really be used over a long period of time...

  Thanks for your unending support -

  Val ;-)


  On Aug 21, 2008, at 2:50 AM, Ingvild Roald wrote:

    Such descriptions would be useful. Then may there be a option for us to translate the descriptions into other languages than English?  We of other countries would do his work, of course 


    Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:13:39 +0200
    From: duncanjonathan at
    To: sw-l at
    Subject: [sw-l] Group descriptions

    Hi Val,
        I was wondering if the descriptions for the groups in the ISWA-2008 are available anywhere on the website yet.  I have been looking for it but only found* but it doesn't have the descriptions and but it isn´t complete for all of the groups in the ISWA just the first ones.

    I am looking for something like
    01-01-001-01  Index Tight Fist
    01-01-002-01 Index Open Fist
    01-01-003-01 Index Cup Base

    But for all of the groups.

    I understand that you are still putting the last touches to the ISWA and want to let you know that I am very grateful for all the hard work you and Steve have put into the symbols,  I was looking at them the other day as I imported the ones that had come with the SWIS into my program and I like them a lot better than the IMWA.  I'm that they will contribute to easier reading.

    If there is anything I can do to help with getting the group descriptions together, let me know.



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