AW: [sw-l] Mouth Patterns

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Sun Sep 21 16:25:18 UTC 2008

Hi Val, 


your description is perfect – 


the third group - 

3. Sign Language mouth movements based on grammar....what is that in German?


the third group is called Mundgestik 


Stefan ;-)



Von: sw-l-bounces at
[mailto:sw-l-bounces at] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
Gesendet: Sonntag, 21. September 2008 17:45
An: SignWriting List
Betreff: Re: [sw-l] Mouth Patterns


SignWriting List

September 21, 2008


On Sep 21, 2008, at 6:11 AM, MARIA AZZOPARDI wrote:

I'm trying to figure out the exact mouth patterns for the signwriting

Is there by any chance a list of the signwriting mouth patterns with the
corresponding phonetic alphabet (IPA) letters that match the signwriting
symbols? Or perhaps photos/illustrations of the mouth patterns produced by
the signer with the correspoinding signwriting symbols?

Many thanks,





Hello Maria and Stefan!


Thank you for your message above, Maria, and I am happy to see that Stefan
has already answered you at length...


Let me try to explain it with English terminology...


If I make any mistakes, Stefan, please tell me...It would be great to get
good terminology in English for your developments...


A few years back, I asked Stefan to find a name for his invention and we
decided that in English, we would call it Woehrmann's SpeechWriting. In
German, Stefan calls it Mundbildschrift.


Did you know about Woehrmann's SpeechWriting?


Stefan took the basic SignWriting mouth symbols, and then developed them
further, inventing a system for writing the mouth patterns of German speech,
using an extended set of is very exciting because some of
Stefan's students are actually learning to speak German words better,
because of his amazing SpeechWriting development.


Stefan also differentiates between SpeechWriting, and Mouthing...the
movements of the mouth while signing...when signers mouth the way a word
would be said, while they are using Sign Language...I believe Stefan calls
this Mundbilder in this correct, Stefan?


And then there is a third set of mouth movements that are connected to
native Sign Languages of the Deaf...that are not based on any spoken "PAH" and other mouth positions we all know...based on the
grammatical needs of sign languages...


So there are three kinds of writing the mouth:


1. SpeechWriting....or....Mundbildschrift in German


2. Mouthing.....or....Mundbilder in German


3. Sign Language mouth movements based on grammar....what is that in German?


Anyway, no matter what..there are three kinds! ;-))


And number 2 and 3 above are in the ISWA...


Regarding more instruction for the ISWA symbols, including Facial
Expressions, we have started a new place to learn the is still
under construction, but you might want to look now...someday there will be
photos or other illustrations to help you learn the symbols...


ISWA 2008 Symbol Lessons


You can also access the above page from the Lessons area:


SignWriting Lessons


Val ;-)


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