AW: New handshapes for the ISWA 2010

Stefan Wöhrmann stefanwoehrmann at GEBAERDENSCHRIFT.DE
Wed Sep 19 14:03:55 UTC 2012

Hi Valerie and Steve, 

I could not imagine that you would offer this option - smile - 

So let me ask - what about adding a very small amount of facial expressions
(Mundbilder) - would that be possible  as well?
If so - can you tell me what you want me to prepare in order to support you
as best? 


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[mailto:SW-L at LISTSERV.VALENCIACOLLEGE.EDU] Im Auftrag von Steve Slevinski
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 19. September 2012 15:39
Betreff: Re: New handshapes for the ISWA 2010

Hi Adam & Maria,

There are a huge amount of handshapes in the ISWA 2010.  No doubt. I can 
agree that there's has to be something close enough.

But if a group of writers feels that they need a new handshape for their 
language, I don't feel like I have the right to tell them no. I think it 
is a matter of respect and empowerment.

If we add a new handshape, it should be essential with multiple examples 
of use.  A unique handshape needed for a single sign probably doesn't 
need to be added.

I think it would be best to stay with the existing handshapes, but my 
gut keeps telling me that the writer's needs and pride in their language 
may take precedence.

That's why I talked with Val about the possibility of new handshapes.  
We agreed that we do not have the time to do this work ourselves, but if 
a group was willing to follow the guidelines and do the work themselves, 
we could be able to accommodate them with a minimum amount of disruption.


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