[Sw-l] How do you write SW as fast as script writing for spoken languages?

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Sun Mar 20 17:27:04 UTC 2022

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March 20, 2022

OK. I will be happy to post the SignWriting Shorthand for Sign Language Stenography manual, but it will take a little time, because I may have to scan several 100 pages into a PDF, unless I can find an old scan - and today I have an appointment with someone which may take all day…so it will be posted as soon as I can get to it.

Thank you for your interest - It was an exciting time in the 1980s, when we had the fun of pioneering the Shorthand - but you are correct that the Handwriting and Shorthand evolved… partly due to technology too - people stopped writing spoken languages by hand as computers and laptops became popular, and the same for SignWriting as well - and yet the cursive issues still pop up -

So I think Adam’s presentation in 2014 was a good synopsis … and now a new era is forming...

I will leave this to all of you and I will post the materials as soon as I can…

Have a great day everyone!

Val ;-)


> On Mar 20, 2022, at 10:02 AM, Sutthikhun Phaengphongsai <suttikunep at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Hello Adam, Valerie, and everyone, 
> Thank you for all of your responses! One of my favorite activities is writing the script of any language on a sheet of paper, which is why I want SW to be a viable writing system for both computer and everyday handwriting or shorthand. I agree with Adam saying that SW handwriting is easy to write but makes reading very difficult because it looks so different from typical SW symbols, especially if the reader is not familiar with the handwriting.
> As far as I understand from both Adam and Valerie, the handwriting for SW is dynamic and can be freely written in any way depending on one's writing style? And it has been changing over time. I think it will be interesting to have a handwriting style that can be written rapidly while also being easy to read by anyone because it resembles regular SW symbols.
> Although the 1980's Shorthand has a different viewpoint, writing direction, and certain hand symbol changes than today's, Valerie, could you please provide us with the old SignWriting Shorthand materials? I don't think it will confuse ours if you make an additional note of how this document differs from today's SW shorthands. It might be useful as a model for more modernized handwriting and shorthand designs, in my opinion.
> ;)
> Sutthikhun
> __________



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