productive/receptive writing question

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway erhoffma at OBERLIN.EDU
Tue Aug 13 01:24:42 UTC 2013

Thank you! Very interesting!

On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM, André L <andre-andre at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I want to add complexity relative to left handed people...
> In Tae kwon do and Aikido (martial arts), a long time ago, I was taught to
> not have a preferred side, both should be equals.
> I am right handed.  I work a lot with computer and have pain to my right
> hand.
> I studied Québec sign language 3 years ago.  I chose my left hand has my
> dominant hand for signing.  (I can easily swap hands for signing.)
> When I studied signwritting in March 2013, I copied my right handed
> teacher signs from a receptive perspective, I had no time to process the
> sign.  Signwritting is not easy for a beginner and my teacher do not let
> time for taking notes.
> After, at home, I wrote as a left handed person from the expressive
> perspective for my personal notes.  Then I shared copies of my personal
> notes with right handed friends.  I swaped to writing as a right handed
> person.
> Since 1 month, I add signs to sign puddle.
> I write the signs from a right handed person from the expressive
> perspective.
> Before writting a sign, I watch a video from the receptive perspective.
> Then, I do the sign with the right hand. I watch it from the expressive
> perspective.  After, I write it as a right handed would do.  I project the
> image of my right hand on the screen.
> Sometimes, I write very naturally a sign that I see .  I was under the
> impression that I may write from a left handed receptive perspective...
> by-passing all the swapping I mentionned above.
> Good success with your semester.
> André Lemyre
> ------------------------------
> Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:39:14 -0400
> From: erhoffma at OBERLIN.EDU
> Subject: productive/receptive writing question
> Hi everyone! I'm going to be giving a paper at our annual anthropology
> meetings this fall on a panel about how to best represent visual aspects of
> linguistic phenomena.
> I want to talk about the shift from receptive to productive writing in SW.
> I'm going to suggest that there are interesting theoretical and
> methodological lessons in this shift for scholars who want to transcribe
> visual aspects of communication, even if they aren't using SW per se
> (though I also want to make more scholars in my field aware of how useful
> SW can be for this purpose).
> To that end, I was wondering if list members might be willing to talk with
> me about their feelings about productive writing with SW. Did you initially
> write receptively? If so, how did you shift? (or do you still write
> receptively sometimes?). How do you feel that writing productively affects
> the way you choose to write (or how you read other people's writing)?
> I'd love to hear answers to these questions and anything else you think is
> relevant about this aspect of SW, particularly as it relates to your own
> ways of using the writing system (for teaching, for research, for
> translation, for poetry, etc).
> The conference isn't until November, but I wanted to get started on it
> now, before the semester kicks in!
> Best,
> Erika
> --
> Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
> Assistant Professor of Anthropology
> Oberlin College

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College
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