maria.azzopardi at UM.EDU.MT
Sun Sep 21 22:44:35 UTC 2008
Thanks for the clarifications Valerie,
I think I now understand why Mundbilder and the Grammatical Mouth
Movements are included in ISWA and not the Mundbildscrift :) Only
Mundbilder and Grammatical Mouth Movements are part of sign languages
The Mundbildscrift is the signwriting for all the phonemes in the German
language - and is rather a tool for the acquision of the spoken German
language right? wow this is really innovative! I think all speech
therapists around the world should have a Mundbildscrift (which would be
slightly different depending on the language of course) for working with
Deaf children! I am convinced that this would be of enormous help - well
done Stefan - the children can see the sounds :)) amazing. Stefan do you
have any statistics about the success of this so far?
> 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
>> corresponding phonetic alphabet (IPA) letters that match the
>> 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 symbols...it 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 German....is 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
> language...like "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
> 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 ISWA...it is
> still under construction, but you might want to look now...someday
> there will be photos or other illustrations to help you learn the
> ISWA 2008 Symbol Lessons
> You can also access the above page from the Lessons area:
> SignWriting Lessons
> Val ;-)
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